As the Manchester Police Department said farewell to one retiring sergeant, two other officers received promotions. Sgt. Gerry Johnson retired after a 41-year career in law enforcement, with 35 years in Manchester.
With Johnson’s retirement, Acting Sergeant Meredith Absolon has been elevated to full sergeant. During the promotion ceremony, Chief Scott Will said Absolon has done an outstanding job of handling the difficult position of being an acting supervisor. She has 11 years of experience.
Lt. Craig Smith was promoted to captain and is now the deputy chief of police. Smith has been with Manchester since 1997. He was promoted to sergeant in 2011 and lieutenant in 2014. He served as acting chief in 2018-2019 while the city was interviewing candidates to replace the retiring chief of police. Smith is currently the department’s accreditation manager and commander of the office of professional standards.