Chief names 18-year department vet third lieutenant |

Chief names 18-year department vet third lieutenant

William Ferchland
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune South Lake Tahoe police officer Marty Hale was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Sgt. Marty Hale was selected out of five applicants as the third lieutenant for the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, effectively completing Chief Don Muren’s plan for reorganization.

Hale has been with department 18 years and worked details in such areas as detectives, SWAT, traffic and the dive rescue team.

Hale will join Lt. Terry Daniels in overseeing patrol while Lt. Martin Hewlett will manage detectives.

“He’s going to be a good match for our management team and we believe he has the tools necessary to take the department where we want to go,” Muren said.

“It’s an opportunity to broaden myself and learn some responsibilities and do some things in this job that I haven’t seen or seen little of,” Hale said.

The changes of phasing out the more expensive commander position with lieutenants began last fall when several retirements allowed Daniels and Hewlett to be promoted.

When Cmdr. Rich McGuffin retired this week the third lieutenant position became available.

Hale was initially interested in the FBI but changed his mind when he worked at a correctional facility in Utah while attending Brigham Young University. He will begin his new post Aug. 14.

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