Mayor Misty Buscher and Chief Ken Scarlette promoted three officers in a ceremony at the Springfield City Council Chambers this week. Officers Charles Peters and Adam Westlake were promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Ryan Leach was promoted to Lieutenant.
Sergeant Charles Peters has been with the Springfield Police Department for eight years. He has served as a Field Training Officer, Peer Support team member, Emergency Response Team member, School Resource Officer at Lanphier High School, Diversity Awareness Committee member and Mobile Field Force team member. He served as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps. He earned an associate’s degree from Park University in Parkville, MO.
Sergeant Adam Westlake has been with the Springfield Police Department for eight years and has eight years of prior service with the Sherman Police Department. He has served as a Field Training Officer, ILEAS Mobile Field Force team member, and a member of the Street Crimes Unit. He was the recipient of the 2017 Silver Suarez Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University.
Lieutenant Ryan Leach has been with the Springfield Police Department for 17 years. He has served as a member of the Street Crimes Unit, Emergency Response Team, Neighborhood Police Officer, School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, Field Training Sergeant, Sergeant of the Neighborhood Police Officer Unit and Sergeant of the School Resource Officer Unit. He earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois - Springfield.