NEWTON, NC (Nov. 21, 2013) – The Newton Police Department promoted Tim Hayes to the rank of major and Brian Cloninger to the rank of sergeant, and on Nov. 18 held a promotion ceremony at Newton City Hall.
Newton Police Chief Don Brown said, “The position of Deputy Chief (Major) is one of great importance and responsibility. Therefore, when making the decision of who should fill the position I was very careful and deliberate. Tim Hayes is a man with a work ethic second to none. When he is asked to take on a task or additional duties he does it with no questions asked. Tim has been loyal to me, the police department and, more importantly, to the City of Newton. Through his actions, Tim embodies the character, integrity and ethics of a deputy chief.”
Hayes (pictured above) said, “I am truly honored and humbled by this promotion. I appreciate the confidence that Chief Brown has in me and the support shown and offered to me from the entire department and citizens of Newton.”
Hayes began his employment with the City of Newton in 1993 as police officer I. In 1994, he was promoted to police officer II and again in 1996 to master police officer. Hayes reached the rank of sergeant in 2006, followed by lieutenant in 2010 and captain in 2011.
The Newton Police Department also recognized Brian Cloninger (pictured below) during the promotion ceremony. Cloninger was promoted in September to the position of sergeant on road patrol. His service to Newton began in November 2010, and he served as a criminal investigator and traffic office prior to his promotion.