You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 : 1:46 p.m.

Ann Arbor Police Department promotes 4 command officers

By Paula Gardner

The Ann Arbor Police Department has four new command officers following promotions that took effect this week.


Lt. Jim Baird, Sgt. Dan Iverson, Lt. Robert Pfannes, Sgt. Mike Scherba.

Jim Baird and Robert Pfannes are now lieutenants in the department, and Dan Iverson and Mike Scherba are sergeants.

The promotions were celebrated in City Hall on Tuesday, as Chief Barnett Jones introduced each officer to a crowd of about 100. The officers wore the new uniforms, and each man had a family member pin his new badges to his shirt as part of the event.

Officers are taking on new responsibilities as soon as they complete their orientation, said Deputy Chief John Seto.

Pfannes has 14 years with the Ann Arbor Police Department. His prior assignment was Professional Standards and Detective sergeant. He's now assigned to the detective bureau.

Baird has 19 years with AAPD. His prior assignment was sergeant of the Crime Response Unit. His new assignment is Professional Standards lieutenant.

Scherba has 10 years with AAPD, and he previously was a patrol officer. He's now a patrol sergeant.

Iverson has 15 1/2 years with the AAPD, most recently serving as detective. He's also now a patrol sergeant.

The promotions were possible due to several retirements in 2011. The department's last lieutenant promotion was in June 2005, while the last sergeant promotion was in March 2007.



Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 6:24 p.m.

One of my uncles served as a patrol officer in Detroit. He was forced to retire from law enforcement due to a gunshot wound which debilitated him. Another former officer who was forced to retire due to gunshot wounds I met in the work place. I have another family member who was a police officer: he transferred to the fire department (not here). Growing up, one of my high school buddies had a police lieutenant for a father, he became the chief in our town. In that same town, I had a friend who was an officer - he moved to a larger town and became police chief there. I seldom thought of the above relationships I've had with law enforcement professionals- until this era of "web forum comments" came along. Thanks to all of these 100s of comments I've read: I now appreciate how rare a privilege it has been to know these men of law enforcement. Congratulations to lieutenants Jim Baird and Robert Pfannes. Congratulations to sergeants Dan Iverson and Mike Scherba. You are appreciated by those who know what you do for our society.


Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 1:14 p.m.

At least they found a way to hire from within.

Kai Petainen

Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 2:28 a.m.

cool. congrats!


Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 2:14 a.m.

Now if only we could hire their replacements! There has been no hire for several years. Way to protect the tax payers.


Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

but we have art !!!!!

G. Orwell

Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 12:59 a.m.

Congratulations to all. Please make every effort to uphold the U.S. Constitution. U.S. Constitution that is rapidly being eroded. Also, please do not forget, you serve the people.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 9:32 p.m.

You rock!!!!


Wed, Feb 15, 2012 : 8:41 p.m.

Congratulations to all four of these officers. From what I hear you are all doing a great job for Ann Arbor. Your performance and years of service should be honored in this way.


Wed, Feb 15, 2012 : 8:25 p.m.

Why dont they just give them the responsibilities with out a title or a raise. One way to cut costs.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 9:31 p.m.

While we're at it, how about you do your job for free? You rock!!!!


Fri, Feb 17, 2012 : 8:44 a.m.

Harry, what business or organization do you know of that has supervisors that make the same as thier subordanates?


Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 12:57 p.m.

bunnyabbot In todays economy every workers reality unless you work for a union.


Thu, Feb 16, 2012 : 12:56 p.m.

Nowayjose Yes the police organization is so complex. Yes I do understand how they work If they less of a good job you fire them and hire someone who will. Put an ad in the paper and the line will be around the block.


Wed, Feb 15, 2012 : 10:02 p.m.

Written by someone who truly has no idea how a police organization works. The more I think of it any understanding how any business is run. Why would want to be a supervisor and take on more responsibility for the same pay as their subordinates. And if you are forcing some to take on more work or responsibility with no more compensation than wouldn't that make people less apt to do a good job?


Wed, Feb 15, 2012 : 9:09 p.m.

every workers dream!