BRADENTON -- The Bradenton Police Department will have a new second-in-command as of May 26.
Capt. Warren Merriman has been named the new deputy chief of police, and three other members of the department also will move up the ranks, Police Chief Michael Radzilowski announced Wednesday.
"We are looking forward to new leadership," Radzilowski said. "It is always good to get new blood in upper ranks."
Merriman has been with the department since December 1996 when he began as a patrol officer. He was promoted to captain to lead the Patrol Support Division in 2011.
A U.S. Navy veteran and
graduate of the FBI National Academy, Merriman is now pursuing his bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Saint Leo University.
Lt. William Fowler has been promoted to captain. With the department since joining as a patrol officer in 1995, he will command the Patrol Support Division.
Fowler, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is a long-standing member of SWAT and serves as a team sniper.
Detective Sgt. James Wilkinson has been named lieutenant. He will serve as a zone commander in the Patrol Operations Division in District 1.
Wilkinson, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, began his career with the department in 1995 as a patrol officer. He has served as a detective with Narcotics Unit, FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and Detective Division. He also serves as SWAT team commander.
Master Patrol Officer David Sullivan has been promoted to sergeant. He will serve as zone supervisor in the District 1 Patrol Operations Division.
Sullivan joined the department in 2006 as a patrol officer. He is qualified as an advanced traffic homicide investigator and reconstructionist with the traffic unit and also serves as a field training officer.
"We have complete confidence in their ability to manage the department," Radzilowski said.
Jessica De Leon, Law Enforcement Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.