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Sheriff promotes Cordova, Bench

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (May 14, 2012) — Sheriff J.B. King has announced the promotions of two deputies to command staff positions.

Sgt. Dan Cordova’s new position is road division lieutenant and Cpl. Jimmy Bench has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, assisting Cordova in his road duties. Capt. Tony Claar and Maj. Tom Cristoffer will retain their current ranks.

“For some time I’ve had way too much responsibility piled on Capt. Claar’s shoulders: he’s supervising the jail staff, the dispatch staff and the road staff, plus he handles all of my special projects for me and he serves as a liaison onto almost everybody when we’re doing some kind of operation,” King said. “He’s been run ragged over the last year and a half and I knew I had to get some of the responsibility off his back, so basically Lt. Cordova is in a position to take the road deputy slot now, so that will remove part of the pressure from Capt. Claar.”

“I think we’re going to be a lot better off down here,” King said.

Both promotions became effective May 6.

Cordova has been a police officer in both large and small departments, as well as a firefighter. He began his career in 1992 with the Los Angeles City Police Department and came to Saint Robert as a policeman in that department, then transferred to that city’s fire department before coming to the sheriff’s department in 2011.

Bench began his law enforcement career in 1994 but has served his entire career in Pulaski County, beginning as a reserve deputy under Sheriff J.T. Roberts before he sold his auto repair business in 2006 to become a full-time deputy.

“Both men are law enforcement professionals and will bring a wealth of experience with them as they begin to mentor and lead the deputies of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office,” King said in a prepared statement.

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