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LPD promotes Kennedy, Ibarra

By: Cheri March The News Messenger
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As of this year, there are two new police lieutenants in town. In January, Lincoln Police Chief Brian Vizzusi promoted Lt. Terry Kennedy and Lt. David Ibarra to their new positions. Kennedy, formerly a detective sergeant, now heads support services, the division that manages areas such as dispatch, detectives, records, SWAT and evidence. Ibarra, formerly patrol sergeant, leads the administration division, including budgeting, finance, facilities, IT, training and hiring. Lt. Paul Shelgren continues to hold his position as head of the operations division, which includes patrol, traffic, investigations and youth services. Kennedy began his 15-year career in Lincoln before moving to the Marysville area, where he still resides. He rejoined the Lincoln team eight years ago. There's a lot more work, it's definitely more demanding, he said of his new role. But it's good. Ibarra has been with the department for the past 18 years. I'm honored to hold this position and continue my work with the police department, he said. It's a new chapter in my career. I enjoy working in this community where I grew up and serve the people who took care of me when I was a kid. Both lieutenants stressed that the department is undergoing changes as it keeps up with city growth. Lincoln police have already outgrown the Seventh Street headquarters they've occupied since 1999. To make room for an expanding force “ six more officers, including an animal control officer, will join the department by June “ administrative services, records and detectives will move to Lincoln's recently vacated City Hall at 640 Fifth St. The new site will become police headquarters, while the Seventh Street office will undergo an expansion and remain as a substation. In approximately five years, the department hopes to have a new station built from the ground up to house all police services, the lieutenants said. Lincoln is still growing, Kennedy said. It's definitely not stopping. But we still maintain a small-town atmosphere, Ibarra said. That's why I'm raising my family here.