By Linda Collins Special Correspondent
February 4, 2014
ENON — Enon Sergeant Micheal Holler has been promoted to lieutenant, filling a position that has been vacant since 2008 when the previous lieutenant left the village to join the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Holler will begin his duties as lieutenant on Feb. 1.
Mayor Tim Howard administered the oath of office Holler during the Tuesday, Jan. 28 village council meeting. The 37-year-old police officer’s wife Mandy pinned on his new gold and silver lieutenant’s badge while former colleagues, friends, and village police officers watched.
“I am very proud of Mike. It has been a lot of hard work for him,” Mandy Holler said.
Police Chief Lewis Wilcox spoke highly of Holler and said he was very proud of his many accomplishments, including the police officer’s graduation from the Ohio Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) program in November 2013. Wilcox also pointed out that the young officer had completed several management classes and various instructor training courses at the Ohio Police Officer Training Center (OPOTC).
“This is really a good day for Enon,” said Wilcox. “There are exciting things going on here.”
The police chief noted that Holler would offer a fresh perspective as he takes on more administrative responsibilities as a police lieutenant, including being accountable for monthly reports, assembling monthly schedules, evaluating officers, arranging and coordinating their training, assigning cases, and attending meetings on behalf of the police chief.
Isaac Dunifon and Ben Kehres, who worked with Holler when he was a part-time officer with the Cridersville Police Department, traveled from Wapakoneta and Delphos to attend Holler’s promotion ceremony.
“I was not surprised that Mike received this promotion. He has always been a very dedicated and honest individual,” said Dunifon, who now works as an investigator for the Northwest Ohio Technology Crimes Unit and as a deputy sheriff at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. “I watched Mike develop from a part-time police officer to a lieutenant, and he has the characteristics it takes to personally interact with individuals and provide that necessary level of service to the community.”
Holler, a Piqua resident and father of two, received his associate’s degree in criminal justice from the Edison State Community College in December 2004. Following his graduation, Holler started his career in law enforcement as an auxiliary police officer for the Phillipsburg Police Department, Montgomery County and also held a full-time position as a corrections officer at the West Central Juvenile Detention Center in Troy.
In June 2005, Holler joined the Cridersville Police Department as a part-time police officer, while retaining his full-time position at the juvenile detention center. Holler remained at the Cridersville Police Department until he accepted a part-time position with the Enon Police Department in September 2008.
After joining the Enon Police Department, Holler advanced quickly to the rank of sergeant in November 2008 and served the village as a full-time, overnight patrol officer from 2008 to 2012.
In January 2012, Holler was awarded the rank of 1st degree (Shodan) black belt in Judo, which he noted took several years to achieve and at times, left him bruised and sore.
Holler also served a brief time as interim police chief for the village following the resignation of Enon Police Chief Troy Callahan in June 2012.
Howard said Holler’s promotion is well deserved and is a milestone for the village police department, as it continues to rebuild and prepare for the future. Currently, the Enon Police Department has four full time officers, including Wilcox, and six part-time officers.
“I just can’t say enough good things about Mike, and I am extremely proud of his accomplishments during the past two years. Mike’s willingness to complete the goals Chief Wilcox set for him is a true demonstration of his commitment to the police department and residents of Enon,” Howard said. “He was not promoted simply because of his length of service with the department; he earned the right to be promoted. He is a good officer and a good person as well.”
Following the promotion ceremony, Holler expressed his gratitude to the mayor, village council members, and village police officers.
“I want to personally thank the village council and Mayor Howard for their support,” said Holler. “I appreciate my fellow police officers for turning out for my promotion ceremony this evening. “We all participate and work as a team for this community. Thank you, guys.”
Holler said he plans on continuing his undergraduate studies and earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
“School is never ending and definitely not cheap. However, I plan on continuing with classes until I receive my degree,” said Holler.
A public reception honoring Holler was held following the council meeting.