The Bay City Police Department welcomed one new officer and promoted three others in a ceremony Thursday, Feb. 7 in council chambers at City Hall.
Bay City Police Chief Roger Barker formally welcomed Lauren Clements onto the force.
Clements graduated from Cleveland High School and received her associate degree in criminal justice from Houston Community College.
She has family roots in Matagorda County and is excited to be returning to Bay City.
Bay City Police Officer Clayton Ryman was promoted to lieutenant during the ceremony.
Ryman graduated from the Wharton County junior College Police Academy and has been with the Bay City Police Department since May of 2003.
In January of 2008, Ryman was promoted to patrol sergeant. Ryman then took on responsibilities of the field training program coordinator and began working as sergeant of support services in December of 2009.
In November 2010, Ryman accepted a lateral transfer as CID sergeant. He currently oversees the operations of crime scene, warrants, narcotics and CID divisions. Ryman also is the department’s public information officer and manages the department’s social media website.
Ryman recently completed Module 1 of LEMIT’s Leadership Command College and holds an Advanced Peace Officer certificate through TCLEOSE.
Lt. Ryman has a wife, Sarah, and a son, Tanner.
Irene Kjergaard was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Kjergaard graduated from El Campo High School before attending West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. She then joined the U.S. Army National Guard, where she served for a year before transferring into the Army Reserves where she served until 1999.
After returning home from active duty training, Kjergaard began working in communications at El Campo Police Department then at Rosenberg Police Department. While in communications, Kjergaard attended Wharton County Junior College where she graduated with and associate degree in law enforcement in 1996.
She began working as a patrol officer with the Bay City Police Department in 1998.
Sgt. Kjergaard is married to Curtis and has a son, Jerry.
Promoted to the rank of corporal was Edward Guzman.
Guzman has lived in Bay City most of his life and graduated from Bay City High School in 2004.
He graduated from the Wharton County Junior College Police Academy in 2007. After graduation he became a jail sergeant at Matagorda County Jail.
In 2008, he was assigned to the patrol division with the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office.
He began as a patrol officer with the Bay City Police Department in July of 2009. Guzman has taken on roles of field training officer and is a member of the Special Response Team. He also has performed duties as warrant officer and has spent the last year as a member of the Narcotics Unit.
Cpl. Guzman and his wife, Jamie, have six children and attend church at Grace Community Fellow-ship in Wharton.
Also honored, though not able to be present at the ceremony, was Officer Chad Krenek. Krenek received a lifesaving award for his actions after responding to a call about a choking child.
On Sept. 4, 2012, Krenek arrived at the residence before EMS, and was met by a mother with her nine-month-old child.
The child was choking on an unknown object. Krenek took the child from the mother and immediately turned the child over to give her back blows in an attempt to dislodge the object. He then removed a large sequin from the child’s mouth.
Krenek held the child until EMS arrived and transferred the child to the emergency room.
EMT Steven Pitts told Chief Barker that do to the quick actions of Officer Krenek there was no need for them to respond. His alertness and ability to work under pressure saved the child from possible death or serious injury that could have occurred had the sequin completely blocked the child’s airway or been inhaled into the esophagus or lungs.