Sheriff Barry Virts announced on Tuesday that Lieutenant Stephen Sklenar has been promoted to chief deputy effective December 30. In a release, the department says Sklenar will oversee administrative functions for the department. He will also work to launch a Teen Academy for high school interns and a Senior Citizen Academy.

A Wayne County deputy has been promoted.

Sheriff Barry Virts announced on Tuesday that Lieutenant Stephen Sklenar has been promoted to chief deputy effective December 30. In a release, the department says Sklenar will oversee administrative functions for the department. He will also work to launch a Teen Academy for high school interns and a Senior Citizen Academy.

Sheriff Virts stated, “Chief Deputy Sklenar, throughout his career, has exhibited continued dedication and commitment to the Wayne County Office of Sheriff in all aspects of his assignments and responsibilities, almost always above and beyond what is required. He has changed with the times and in most cases self-trained himself with the ever changing technologies presented to the law enforcement profession to lead the Wayne County Office of Sheriff in these new evolutions of change and progression."

Sklenar has been with the department for 43 years.