EATON — David Sizemore, previously a sergeant of the Eaton Police Division, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant during council’s meeting on Monday, Dec. 16. Lt. Sizemore has been in law enforcement for 34 years, but has been with Eaton Police Division for 28 of those years.
As a kid, Sizemore always wanted to be a police officer.
“I wanted to be a Reds baseball player or a police officer. The Reds thing fell through,” he said.
He started his law enforcement career in 1984 at Lewisburg Police Department as auxiliary. He took a 46-hour class that certified him in powers of arrest, search and seizure, and qualified him with a handgun. Within a year of completing that class, he had to take his full academy.
In 1985, he completed his full academy and started working part-time at Lewisburg Police Department and New Paris Police Department. In 1987, Sizemore was hired full-time with Lewisburg Police Department.
He was hired at Eaton Police Division in 1991, where he has stayed throughout his career. He served at the rank of sergeant for just under a year, before an internal application process for lieutenant was opened to him and another sergeant.
“It’s a great group of people to work with. It has always been a learning environment. From working the road, you can get in the mindset that you know everything, but when you change jobs, you start over and learn different things,” he said. “I’ve worked really close with Chief [Steven] Hurd over the last year and I owe a lot to him.
“I’ve worked with so many officers over the years and we have a great group of guys and gals working here.”
Over the years, he has seen many changes both in law enforcement and to the Eaton community as a whole.
“You have to adapt. You can’t stay a certain management style and expect you can get away with that forever,” he said.
Sizemore has also seen changes to his role in the community as he has moved up in rank over the years.
“Since I’ve been promoted, I’ve been involved more with the community, like I belong with the Mental Health and Recovery Board. I help out a lot with activities like Purple Paws. I belong to Community Action Partnership, I’m on that,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed the different people and challenges I’ve seen in doing that.”
Sizemore doesn’t like to be in the spotlight and being recognized by City Council “humbled” him. While he is happy to be promoted to lieutenant, for him it is more important to be doing what he loves and helping the people of the City of Eaton in whatever ways he can.
“I enjoy police work. I’ve always enjoyed coming to work and not doing the same thing day in and day out. I’m very proud to have this position,” he said. “I didn’t anticipate this happening — it worked out and I’m happy [it did], but if things didn’t work out and I retired as a police officer, I would have been just as proud. I’m very proud of the position I have now.”
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