Our Opinion: ­­­­­­The man for the job

Photo submitted for publication On Monday, Students at Beaty-Warren Middle School lined the hallways to both thank Sgt. Brandon Deppen for all of his work at Beaty and to congratulate him on his new job as chief of police.

­­­We all have so much to be thankful for.

Those blessings can come in large and small packages.

They can come in unexpected ways and from unexpected places.

Sometimes, it’s just a matter of paying attention.

We want to highlight one of those; a decision that we think will turn into a real blessing for this community – the selection of Sgt. Brandon Deppen to lead the City of Warren Police Department.

We’re sure that the other candidates who applied were great candidates.

But we’re also sure that Deppen was the right choice all along.

He’s served in the department for nearly 21 years – starting as a patrolman, rising to sergeant and then to community service officer before it was announced last week that he would be the next chief.

He’s invested in the community in a myriad of ways – taking valuable programming into the schools, working to facilitate special events that bring our community together and leading the department’s Explorer Post, which has produced six members of the current police department.

He’s approachable. He’s professional.

He’s the right man for the job.

Current Chief Raymond Zydonik has brought a level of professionalism to this department that has made it one of few municipal police department in the western half of the state to achieve accredidation.

We’re sure Deppen will continue that standard of excellence.

And that’s something to be thankful for.