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Oak Creek officer promoted

Melinda Dudley

Oak Creek Police Officer Erik Foster, center, is promoted to the rank of sergeant by Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio on Tuesday. Foster's wife, Julie, holds his old officer badge.

Steamboat Springs — The Oak Creek Police Department promoted Officer Erik Foster to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony Tuesday. — The Oak Creek Police Department promoted Officer Erik Foster to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony Tuesday.

— The Oak Creek Police Department promoted Officer Erik Foster to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony Tuesday.

Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio presented Foster with his new sergeant’s badge and gold stripes for his uniform at Oak Creek Town Hall. Foster has been with the Oak Creek police since September. Caterinicchio said his dedication and commitment warranted the promotion.

“He’s a young officer, but he has lots of skills and expertise,” Caterinicchio said. “He’s helped this department regain its credibility with other area agencies.”

Foster is undergoing training to become a certified field-training officer, to prepare him for the new responsibilities that come with his new rank.

“I’ll be the acting chief when Chief Russ is not available,” Foster said. “I’ll be supervising training for new employees.”

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Although Foster works only part-time for the small department, Caterinicchio praised his dedication, saying he has done the work of two full-time officers.

“If I had two other officers as good as him, Oak Creek would have all of its problems fixed in about three days,” Caterinicchio said.

Foster also works as a dispatcher for Routt County Communications, and was previously a police officer in Wheat Ridge before relocating to Routt County.