Rockport Police Chief Greg Stevens ceremonially presented three newly promoted officers with new credentials and publicly recognized their promotions in the presence of family, friends, and the Rockport City Council, as well as members of the public attending the regular Rockport City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 14.
Detective Michael Cramer was promoted to Lieutenant, and officers Jessica Ruiz and David Gerloff were promoted to the rank of Detective.
“All of these officers are advocates of the City of Rockport,” said Stevens. “They were selected for promotion based on an assessment of performance; relevant training, education and experience; department needs; officer interests and predicted success; and managerial prerogative.
“The rank of Lieutenant is the first line of supervision in the Rockport Police Department (RPD), and Lt. Cramer will be assigned to a Patrol Watch tasked with supervising uniformed patrol services during overnight hours throughout the city.
“The two new Detectives, Ruiz and Gerloff, will be assigned to the RPD Criminal Investigations Division where they will be responsible for follow up investigations of property crimes and person crimes ranging from minor thefts to violent assaults and potential homicides.”
Cramer has been with the RPD since May 2014. During his time here he has served as a patrol officer, a criminal investigator, a bike officer, a marine safety officer, a chemical spray weapons instructor, a firearms instructor, and a TASER instructor, as well as a classroom instructor for various other law enforcement topics.
He graduated from the Del Mar Regional Police Academy in May 2011 and went on to serve with the Ingleside Police Department in the patrol division. Detective Cramer holds an Advanced Peace Officer License through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and is currently working towards a Master Peace Officer License.
He and his wife, Emily, have three children.
Ruiz has been with the RPD for 5-1/2 years. She currently holds her Intermediate Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. She graduated from the Victoria College Police Academy in December 2015, and began her law enforcement career with the RPD in March 2016.
During her time with the RPD, Ruiz has served as a Field Training Officer and has earned her Basic Investigator certificate. She has voluntarily attended training in multiple law enforcement disciplines as she has sought to expand her career.
Ruiz comes from a long line of law enforcement, and credits most of all her father, who currently serves as a deputy sheriff, for inspiring her to begin a career in law enforcement.
She is engaged to a Texas State Trooper, has two children, and looks forward to a long fulfilling career with the RPD.
Gerloff has been a certified Texas Peace Officer for 17 years, and has been with the RPD for one year. Prior to Rockport, he served with the Elgin Police Department for 13 years, the last six as a Patrol Sergeant. He started his career with the Columbus Police Department.
Gerloff holds a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law enforcement, and is also certified as an Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Mental Health Officer, and Intoxilyzer Breath Test Operator.
He has nearly 2,800 hours of continuing education with focuses on investigations, professional standards, supervision, and leadership.
He has completed training through FBILEEDA covering Internal Affairs Investigations and the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy. Gerloff has also completed the Bill Blackwood Public Information Officer Course, and was accepted to the Bill Blackwood Leadership Command College.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married more than 16 years. They have two Children, Kymberlyn and Brylan, who attend Rockport-Fulton High School, playing softball and football, respectively.