RAVENSWOOD - With a stamp of approval from Ravenswood City Council, Patrolman Joseph E. Cogar was promoted to Police Sergeant by Chief Lance Morrison on Tuesday night at 7:25 p.m.

 “Joe has the trust and respect of the entire department and I expect
him to continue to mentor the men, act as an example for the young
officers and show them how to be an effective leader,” said Morrison.
  Cogar had the attention of the room after accepting the promotion, “I
love the city of Ravenswood and I love the people who live here. I
couldn’t ask for better men to work with in this department.”

Cogar followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the Army Reserves
at the age of 17. He served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years and
earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer and attended the U.S. Navy
Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport Rhode Island.

During his career he performed as a Senior Enlisted Advisor and was
forward deployed during Desert Storm.

In addition, Cogar was in the Naval Special Warfare Seal Team in
Little Creek Virginia, Naval Expeditionary Guard Battalion at Camp
Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed during Operation Iraqi
Freedom to Bahrain. He later attended the North Carolina Basic Law
Enforcement Academy and joined the Elizabeth City Police Department
where he served from 2009 to 2013, when he relocated to Ravenswood
where most of his family resides.

“I was impressed from the moment I met him,” said Ravenswood Mayor
Michael Ihle. “His demeanor and professionalism left a positive mark
on our community and will certainly continue to do so.”

Ravenswood Patrolman R.J. Knox summed up a passionate moment for the
new Sergeant when he finished his thoughts with the words, “I would go
to the ends of the earth with him.”

In unrelated news, Council voted to begin the hiring process for Ravenswood City Pool employees and eased into an executive session to discuss an internal personnel investigation.