Marshall council approves appointment of new police chief, assistant chief

Friday, August 29, 2008

Marshall Mayor Connie Latimer announced Friday morning, Aug. 29, that the city council unanimously approved the Police Personnel Board's recommendation for new police chief and assistant police chief.

The council met at 7 a.m. in a special executive session to name Sgt. Mike Donnell as Marshall's new police chief effective Wednesday, Sept. 3. He will be sworn in at the council's regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2, Latimer said.

Sgt. David Roscher will become the city's assistant police chief at the same time.

Latimer said Interim Police Chief Bob King, who served as assistant chief prior to former chief Jim Simmerman's retirement in May, intends to retire at the end of the year.

King will remain on staff as an adminstrative advisor until then, she said.

"We're glad to have the opportunity to promote from within," she said.

Donnell has been with the department for about 14 years and Roscher for more than 20 years, according to Latimer.

"Mike has been here all his life," she said. "He started as a reserve officer and worked his way up. And David is one of our best-kept secrets."

Roscher said today he was "surprised, but happy," with the promotion. "It's still kind of a shock," he said. "But it's a good surprise."

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  • Congratulations Mike And David.

    -- Posted by katie76 on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 11:50 AM
  • Congratulations to Chief Donnell!

    And way to go Mayor Latimer and councilmen!

    -- Posted by barebackrider on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 1:00 PM
  • Way to go Mikey!!!

    -- Posted by red dog on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 3:14 PM
  • Mike is an excellent choice..

    Down to earth guy..common sense approach..

    -- Posted by Hombre on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 3:59 PM
  • Congratulations Mike or should I say Chief Donnell. This is a great choice. A great man with a sence of fairness. A leader who has the respect of many in the community. He is a man who will speak truth to power. He understands what the officer on the beat has to deal with.

    Again Congratulations Mike and may God bless you and the officers you will be leading.

    -- Posted by salinemg on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 10:35 PM

    -- Posted by PHILIIP on Sat, Aug 30, 2008, at 12:28 PM
  • The only choice that would have made me and my family happy was made!

    Way to go Mike! Congrats!

    -- Posted by get a clue on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 3:14 AM
  • I know Mike and David, both personally and professionally, and I can tell you that this is a wonderful, wonderful thing for Marshall. Congrats to both and to all involved in getting this done!

    -- Posted by James Barton on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 4:23 PM
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