Officer involved in Bisard investigation, among IMPD promotions

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A veteran IMPD supervisor who just four months ago was demoted by the chief for lacking leadership, was promoted Wednesday based in part on his leadership skills.

Fox59 News was first to tell you that former Chief Deputy Ronald Hicks would be heading back up the ranks and now Hicks, along with another key player in the Officer Bisard fatal accident investigation, both became captains.

There was a patriotic start to the promotion ceremony Wednesday. Public Safety Director Dr. Frank Straub and IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski were on hand to express their approval of the nine new lieutenants and captains' leadership skills.

"Each of you have the ability to be the future chief, to be the future public safety director," said Straub.

One of the three supervisors demoted in the wake of the Officer Bisard fatal motorcycle accident investigation was promoted from lieutenant to captain.

Former Deputy Chief Hicks, who is now,some 16 weeks after his demotion, was heralded as a  true leader by the chief. He received a standing ovation from several fellow officers, including the two other supervisors who were demoted in August: Darryl Pierce and John Conley.

After the ceremony, Hicks chose to remain silent for our camera, as did Public Safety Director Dr. Straub. Chief Ciesielski, however,  did verify his support of now Captain Hick's promotion:

"All of the people that were promoted today at every rank, {they are} hard workers, dedicated to making sure this department moves forward," Ciesielski said.

FOP leader Sgt. Bill Owensby said the promotion of Deputy Chief Valerie Cunningham, the woman who led the internal investigation into the Bisard case, was not, he believes, a reward just for her work this year. The test for these promotions was given in 2008.

"They are all very, very solid supervisors and solid leaders," Owensby said.

Moving forward with future leaders was the message from IMPD.

There was one major gaffe or a social blunder during the ceremony. You could just about hear the air go out of the room when the officer who was emceeing the event passed over the now Captain Ronald Hicks. The error was quickly corrected and Captain Hicks received his new badge and pins.

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