Police announce promotions

The Minot Police Department has announced promotions for officers.

Lt. Steve Whitesell is promoted to the rank of captain and Sgt. Dale Plessas is promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Whitesell will take over as police administration commander and will oversee the department’s training, equipment procurement, recruitment and Central Dispatch. He joined the police department in 1989 as a patrol officer after serving nine years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. After he was hired, he continued for an additional 14 years in the Air Force Reserve, retiring from the Air Force – Office of Special Investigations. At the Minot Police Department, Whitesell has served as a senior police officer, sergeant and lieutenant. He worked in the patrol division as both an officer and supervisor and has also worked in the records division and as the administrative lieutenant.He has most recently been the day shift commander. He was also a member of the police department’s SWAT team for a number of years.

Plessas will take over as afternoon patrol shift commander and will supervise three sergeants and 15 police officers. He joined the police department in 2001 as a patrol officer and previously served as a senior police officer and sergeant. He has worked in the patrol department as both an officer and supervisor. He also served for several years in the records division as a sergeant. He most recently has been the day shift patrol sergeant. He has been on the police department’s Bomb Team for 13 years and currently serves as team commander.

Police also announced that Capt. Rob White has retired after 30 years with the police department. He most recently served as the patrol division commander but previously served as administrative lieutenant. He was also the Ward County 911 Coordinator.