The Exeter Police Department promoted four officers last Thursday, among them its first ever female lieutenant.
Sgt. Isabel “Liz” Yarber became the first female lieutenant after being pinned by Chief of Police Cliff Bush during a Dec. 20 ceremony in Council Chamber at Exeter City Hall. Bush said Yarber also held the distinction of being the first ever female sergeant in the department, a rank she has held since 2006. Yarber started with the EPD as a community service officer volunteer in 1995. After graduating from the Police Academy in 1996, Yarber was hired as a Reserve Officer. In 1998 she was promoted to field training officer.
Yarber was not the only lieutenant to get pinned. Celis Rabena was promoted to lieutenant, giving EPD two, long-time experienced sworn officers to the rank. Rabena also began as a reserve officer with the department in 1996. Rabena was promoted to sergeant in 2005. Rabena was first hired as a full time officer by the Farmersville Police Department in 1998 and worked there until returning to the EPD in 2000. Rabena worked underneath Farmersville Chief Mario Krstic and alongside Mike Marquez, now the Chief of Police in Woodlake, and both were in attendance for the ceremony. Rabena was pinned by his wife Denise.
With two sergeants being promoted to lieutenant, Bush also promoted Brett Inglehart to sergeant. Inglehart was hired as a reserve officer in 2003 but less than a year later was hired as a full time officer with the department. He is currently the department’s field training officer and is also one of EPD’s two K-9 handlers. Inglehart was pinned by his wife Teresa and 6-year-old daughter Tyler.
Bush also announced EPD’s newest reserve officer. Kyle Stark has worked in law enforcement in a variety of capacities since 2004. He has worked with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, College of the Sequoias District Police and the Huron Police Department. He is currently a spotter with the Sheriff’s Department’s Aero Unit. Stark was pinned by his wife Stephanie.