Two members of the Evanston police force are scheduled to be promoted to new positions on Wednesday.

Sgt. Jody Wright will be promoted to commander and Detective Aaron Wernick will be promoted to sergeant at a 12:30 p.m. ceremony in the Fire Training Room at 909 Lake St.

Wright, who’s been working in the Office of Professional Standards, will replace Cmdr. Diane Davis, who recently retired, as head of that unit. Wernick is scheduled to work a patrol shift.

And, Deputy Chief Aretha Barnes last Friday completed the 65th session of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.

The program of the Police Executive Research Forum provides senior police executives with intensive training in management concepts and practices used in business and government as well as discussions of the most challenging issues facing law enforcement executives.

The three-week course brought together faculty from top universities, successful law enforcement chief executives, and subject matter experts from the private sector.  

Topics include diversity, political management, organizational strategy, performance management, organizational change, leadership, managerial problem-solving, career planning, negotiation, process analysis, media relations, and new policing strategies and innovations. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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