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Elyria police officers promoted


Eleven Elyria police officers were promoted Friday during a ceremony at City Hall.

Receiving promotions were Capt. Phil Hammonds, who will take charge of the Services Division, Capt. Andrew Eichenlaub, who heads the Patrol Division and Capt. Christopher Costantino, who will take the lead of the Detective Division.

Four officers were promoted from sergeant to lieutenant, including Lt. William Pelko, Lt. Matthew Eichenlaub, Lt. Deena Baker and Lt. Jason Cunningham.

Sgt. Jeff Currier, Sgt. James Welsh, Sgt. Gerald Lantz and Sgt. Richard Buckway also advanced in rank.

Costantino said the ceremony, headed by Mayor Holly Brinda, was a good way to honor the accomplishments of hard-working police officers.

“I thought it was great,” he said. “There’s a lot of new leadership in the department. It’s an exciting time.”

Costantino, who has spent 23 years with the Elyria Police Department, was born and raised in Lorain. He graduated from Admiral King High School, where he went on to train with the North Ridgeville Police Auxiliary, training with current Police Chief Duane Whitely.

“The guys kind of took us under their wing,” Costantino said of his time with North Ridgeville.

Back then, auxiliary officers had the opportunity to ride along with patrol officers.

Costantino said he’s had opportunities to take positions at other departments, but Elyria has always been close to his heart.

“I’m very happy here,” he said. “There are so many different things you can do. It’s a job where you very seldom have the same day. It’s always different.”

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