Dora names Phillips new police sergeant

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/2/17

DORA — Dora gained a new sergeant at last Thursday city council meeting.

Ronnie Phillips, who has been a member of the Dora Police Department since October 2012, was named to the sergeant position at the meeting. The position has been vacant …

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Dora names Phillips new police sergeant

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DORA — Dora gained a new sergeant at last Thursday city council meeting.

Ronnie Phillips, who has been a member of the Dora Police Department since October 2012, was named to the sergeant position at the meeting. The position has been vacant since former Sgt. Jared Hall was promoted to police chief in 2015.

During the council meeting, Dora Mayor Randy Stephens described Phillips as a “very reliable, good officer.

“We don’t have anyone to be in charge whenever [Chief Hall] is away,” Stephens continued. “I think this would help the department, to have a second leader.”

The council ultimately approved Stephens’ suggestion to appoint Phillips.

“It went a lot smoother than I thought it would, because nobody voted against it,” Phillips said of his feelings after being named sergeant. “I was very glad they did because there’s a lot of things the chief needs assistance with and I think we were in need of a sergeant. I’m glad they thought highly enough of me to promote me to sergeant.”

As sergeant, Phillips’s duties will include being patrol supervisor and evidence technician, as well as assisting on investigations.

“Being in the chain of command now, there’s more responsibility and a lot more liability that people don’t normally see unless they’re put in that position,” he said.

Phillips has a total of 19 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career at Dora as a part-time officer before being made full-time in 2014.

He currently serves as the city’s K-9 officer and will continue to perform those duties, according to Hall.

“I can’t give that up,” Phillips said of his position as K-9 officer. “When I got into law enforcement in 1998, one of the goals I had was to become a K-9 officer.”

Phillips is a member of K-9 Specialty Services of Alabama and is a master trainer, senior evaluator and vice president of law enforcement training for the group.

He is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in Desert Storm. He was previously attached to SWAT teams as a certified sniper, has undergone criminal and narcotics investigation training and has evidence technician training, according to Hall.

In a separate interview on Monday, Hall described Phillips as “a dependable officer with good training and experience. He has done a good job and deserves recognition.”