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Forks Promotes Police Officer

Forks Police Chief Dorney announces promotion of Officer Michael Friel to detective.

Chief Greg Dorney was all dressed up for Thursday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

After all, it was a big occasion.

Dorney announced the promotion of one of his officers, Michael Friel, to detective in the .

Dorney said Friel, who is replacing a retired detective, was among six candidates who had applied for the position.

After a lengthy interview process and performance evaluation, Dorney narrowed the candidates to three. Those three then worked with other detectives over a nine-week period until July.

"This was an extremely hard decision," Dorney said.

Friel has served with the department since January 2005. He mainly worked on night patrol.

"He's a unique, intelligent young man who has a unique way of thinking outside the box," Dorney said. "He has the attributes to be a very good detective."

Friel attended the meeting with his family, parents and his supervising officer.

"Thank you for the great work," Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said. "Congratulations."

Everyone on the , other department heads and audience members gave a round of applause.

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