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New Cohort of School Security Officers Graduate; 10 Officers Receive Promotion or Special Recognition

On Dec. 17, 2015, the Knox County Schools hosted a promotion and commencement ceremony for several school security officers at Fulton High School.

security2 Knox County Schools Chief of Security Gus Paidousis led the ceremony. The Knox County Board of Education Vice-Chair Tracie Sanger (District 2) was present to help recognize the graduates and promoted officers. Knoxville Police Department Chief David Rausch and Knox County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Deputy Lee Tramel acted as keynote speakers.

Rausch charged the promoted officers to be confident in their new roles, providing lots of advice and words to guide them on the meaning of true leadership. Tramel made sure to note the importance of intentional collaboration and cooperation between all security entities in the community and encouraged them not to work a day moving forward, citing the adage “Those who love what they do, will never work a day in their lives.”

New Recruit Class President and recipient of the Russell Kocur Leadership Award Officer Mistee Harris also addressed her classmates and superior officers saying, “Let us not forget that education and protection are our ultimate responsibilities. The community and its citizens rely on us to ensure and maintain the safety of the children and staff in these schools.”

After a meaningful walk across the stage to receive their badges or certificates, the new and promoted officers spent time in celebration with family and friends. All officers reported to their assigned schools on Friday before Winter Break.