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Sheriff Burns will have a lieutenant

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With the salary issue resolved, Jefferson County Sheriff John P. Burns is about to have a new lieutenant to supervise the sheriff’s criminal and road patrol division.

Kevin M. Amann, 46, who has been a sergeant in the sheriff’s department for eight years, is being provisionally appointed lieutenant, Sheriff Burns said Wednesday. He must pass a Civil Service examination to qualify for a permanent appointment.

Mr. Amann fills a post that was left vacant Sept. 22 with the retirement of Lt. Michael S. Peterson.

Three sergeants were considered for the promotion, but none was willing to accept the job and simultaneously take a pay cut. Sheriff Burns said the county Board of Legislators responded to the issue, budgeting more money. Mr. Amann’s annual salary as sergeant was $57,159, he said, and will increase on Jan. 1 to $67,828.

Mr. Amann already has moved into the former Peterson office and has begun taking on the lieutenant’s responsibilities, Sheriff Burns said.

Mr. Amann became a deputy sheriff in May 1997, and in September began about 15 months’ service as the department’s juvenile aid officer. He was elevated to sergeant in June 2004, and was placed in charge of the detective division in October 2009. That was his position until accepting his new appointment.

He graduated in September from an administrative school at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Va.

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