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Culpeper police promote trio

Eight-year veteran Jeff Dodson has been promoted to the position of lieutenant in the Culpeper Police Department.

Dodson will take the place of Troy Steele, who recently retired after 30 years with the force.

Also promoted were Kevin Tooley to sergeant and John Barone to master police officer.

“This is certainly an important day for the department and for each newly promoted officer, but also an important day for the entire community as now they will begin new roles and take on additional responsibilities,” Chief Chris Jenkins said during the recent ceremony.

Dodson, a Culpeper native, worked with the Sheriff’s Office as a jailer and in court security before joining the town force in 2006.

While with the town, the 31-year-old Culpeper County High School graduate has worked as a canine handler and as an investigator. He is also an instructor at the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy.

His 3-year-old son, Caleb, performed the ceremonial pinning of his new lieutenant’s badge on his uniform.

Tooley also graduated from Culpeper High, joining the police force in 1997. He has been with the department since then as a uniformed patrolman, except for a year that he spent as a contractor in Iraq.

His father, John Tooley, performed the ceremonial badge pinning.

Barone, 56, grew up in New York and spent 20 years with the New York City Police Department before retiring in 2004. He moved to Virginia, lives in Orange and joined the Culpeper force in 2007.

His wife, Matilde, performed his ceremonial pinning.

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