Marietta Police chief Dan Flynn announced the promotion of three city police officers June 18. Mike Goins was appointed to Lieutenant. David Collins was appointed to Sergeant. Benjamin Mixon was appointed to Sergeant.
"Today's a big day for three of our finest Marietta Police officers, and I am very proud of each one of them," deputy chief Marty Ferrell said. "Each time you're promoted it's a special day for you, and I truly believe that the first promotion when you're promoted to sergeant is the most important one," he said. "The sergeants of the road are the most important piece of the pie for us as supervisors."
"The promotion process we have at the police department is highly competitive, and it's tough and they compete against excellent peers," Flynn said. "For those of you who are here, know that you are so vital to not only the success of the men who are being promoted but you are also vital to our police department's success," he said. "You've helped make them successful, and you've helped them through the tough times."
Lieutenant Mike Goins
Goins will be assigned to Uniform Patrol. He has served the Marietta Police Department for 27 years in Uniform Patrol, Investigative Services in the detectives division, Crime Interdiction Unit as an officer and as a supervisor, Community Response Unit, Support Services Research and Development and was assigned to several stakeout units. He was the police department's first school resource officer.
Goins has received several awards throughout his career including the Fraternal Order of Police Officer of the Year Award, Marietta's City Manager’s Award, and the police department's Difference Maker's Award. He founded the Marietta Police Athletic League and managed the boys and girls basketball teams at the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, as well as cheerleading teams.
Sergeant David Collins
Collins will be assigned to Uniform Patrol. He has served the Marietta Police Department for 11 years in Uniform Patrol, Crime Interdiction Unit, Gang Enforcement Unit, Training Unit, and is a member of the special weapons and tactics (SWAT) Team. He was one of the founders of the SWAT Team's Tactical Emergency Medical Support program where he serves as the program coordinator and senior tactical medic.
Collins earned instructor certifications in General, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Emergency Medical, Tactical Emergency Medical, Taser and Oleoresin Capsicum, commonly referred to as pepper spray.
Collins has received the police department's Medal of Meritorious Service, one of the highest awards given by the department, the Distinguished Service Award and the Difference Maker Award. The Special Operations Medical Association, Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification and Tactical Specialties, Inc., recognized him for outstanding service and leadership in the tactical medicine community.
Sergeant Benjamin Mixon
Mixon will be assigned to Uniform Patrol. He has served the Marietta Police Department for seven years as an officer in Uniform Patrol on various shifts and as a Field Training Officer and a Crime Scene Technician. He served in the Community Response Unit, where he became an Explorer Coordinator, Crime Free Housing Coordinator and Intern Coordinator. He has also organized several of the police department's citizens police academies. He was recently assigned to the Training Unit, where he was responsible for recruitment, hiring and all in-state departmental training for officers.
Mixon has completed two supervision courses, a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) course and has earned several instructor certifications including Firearms, Taser and Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT). He attended the Incident Response to Terroristic Bombing course in Demming, N.M. He graduated from Dale Carnegie and also attended the Explosive Handlers and Breaching course in Mississippi.
"Supervising people and managing people and doing it the right way is like learning a whole new specialty in what you do," Flynn said. "You have to learn the subtleties of human behavior and understanding people and dealing with all the things that we all have that we don't necessarily show to the whole world."
During the ceremony, Flynn compared a police officer's career to a ladder. "A ladder is meant not just to get on and stand still on, it's meant to climb," he said. "Your work is not done, and in a lot of senses it is just beginning. We expect you and all of our supervisors to be fair and understanding with the people you supervise and, most importantly, lift people up. Whether they admit it or not, every human being loves validation, and we need to have somebody tell us when we're doing right and doing things well. Take your time and always remember to look for all the good things people do every day."
Flynn encouraged Lieutenant Goins, Sergeant Collins, Sergeant Mixon and all the department's officers to remember and reinforce the department's core values in every situation they face. "Each of you have been officers long enough to know that as a police officer at any rank you're responsible for knowing a lot of material, and about half of the situations you confront are not covered in those guidelines," he said. "If you handle that situation in accordance with our values, and you let your guide be honesty, teamwork, loyalty, integrity, professionalism and respect for all people no matter how respectful they are to you, how wrong can you ever be?"
More info: Marietta Police Department, 770-794-5300