David Crum Next In Line For Dyke's Spot, But 2014 Election May Change That
BY KEN LITTLE
Significant changes are afoot in the Detective Division of the Greeneville Police Department.
Detective Capt. Beth Dyke, unit supervisor, will formally retire Feb. 7, after more than 27 years on the force. Dyke has accepted a position with the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, an organization she has had ties to for many years.
"It's just time. I got my time in and I had (another) opportunity," Dyke said in December.
Since starting as a patrolman with the police department in 1986, Dyke has steadily moved up the ranks and is now third in seniority on the force, behind Chief Terry Cannon and Assistant Chief Craig Fillers.
She was promoted to the detective lieutenant position in March 2012.
WILL BE 'GREATLY MISSED'
Dyke's contributions won't be forgotten, Fillers said.
"She's going to be greatly missed," he said.
Cannon said the police department has benefited from Dyke's law enforcement experience.
"We will definitely miss her," he said.
Expected to be promoted to the vacant detective captain slot is Detective Lt. David Crum, who is next in line on the Civil Service list.
"Lt. Crum is the top name on the list that has tested to fill the position of captain," Fillers said. "As soon as (Dyke) is gone, we will probably go ahead and promote him to that position."
Cannon said that he will ask the Greeneville Civil Service Board "for the name of the next one on the list, and my understanding is that David Crum is the next one on the list."
If Crum becomes detective captain, his tenure could be short-lived. Crum, who is also a Greene County commissioner, is a declared Republican candidate for the full-time position of Greene County mayor.
The Republican primary is in May, and the general election is in August.
COUNTY SHERIFF BID
Another longtime investigator with the Greeneville Police Department, Detective Lt. Pat Hankins, has announced he will run for county sheriff as a Democrat.
If the election bids of Crum and Hankins are unsuccessful, they will likely remain with the Greeneville Police Department, Fillers said.
Otherwise, there will be some new additions to the police department's detective division.
"We don't know what's going to happen in the next three months. We will cross that hurdle when it comes," Fillers said. "(The post) is going to be left in good hands."
Political campaigning done by any members of the police department is done on their own time, Cannon said.
If a Greeneville police officer were to run for a city office, he or she would have to retire or resign from the job to avoid any conflict of interest, Cannon said. The requirement is written into the town charter but does not apply to county positions, he added.
City Administrator Todd Smith said there is no conflict of interest should a Greeneville employee run for a county elected office.
"They can run for a county position. Our ordinances do specifically prohibit any campaigning or fundraising or soliciting for votes on city time," Smith said.
The Greeneville Police Department has a wealth of experienced officers to fill vacant positions. Retention in the force "has not been any issue," Fillers said.
"Once they come here, they tend to stay," he said.
The Greeneville Police Department currently has 51 sworn full-time officers, including four School Resource Officers added to the force after additional funding was provided from the Greeneville City Schools and the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
To be a successful detective captain, "You have to have the experience as a detective and how to make a criminal case, and learn how to assign cases as opposed to be assigned cases," Cannon said.
In addition to the imminent departure of Dyke, police Officer Rick Burgner retired last month from the force after a career of more than 20 years.