Anna PD promotes 7 officers

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
Anna Police Chief Dean Habel recently promoted seven officers during a promotion ceremony.  Together they have 100 years of law enforcement experience.  From left: Cpl. Josh Yates, Sgt. Brandon Blair, Cpl. Tim Thomas, Cpl. Seth McDaniel, Sgt. Rush Smith, Lt. Tammy Fernandez, Chief Dean Habel. Not pictured: Cpl. Cole Dotson

Anna Police Chief Dean Habel recently conducted a promotion ceremony elevating seven officers.  Together those officers have over 100 years of law enforcement experience in various roles across the state.

“We are extremely proud of the exceptional service of these seven individuals and their service to the residents of Anna,” Habel said. “Their experience and dedication to the profession of law enforcement means that our community will be in very good hands. The entire Anna Police Department is positively enhanced by these promotions.” 

Tammy Fernandez, a five-year Anna PD member, was recognized for her previous promotion to lieutenant. She has worked in law enforcement for 17 years, having also served with the Bonham Police Department and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department. In Anna, she works as a field training officer, taser instructor, certified K-9 handler, and intoxilyzer operator. Fernandez is married to a McKinney Police Officer and has four children. 

Detective Rush Smith of the Criminal Investigative Division and Patrol Officer Brandon Blair were both promoted to sergeant.  Smith had already been serving in that capacity on an interim basis.  He’s spent 12 of his 28 years in law enforcement working for Anna PD. Among his duties are supervisor, field training officer, firearms instructor, less lethal weapons instructor, homicide investigator, crimes against children investigator, sexual assault investigator, clandestine lab officer (DEA), and property room manager. 

Blair has been with Anna four years after previously serving on the Van Alstyne and Tom Bean Police Departments. He is a Field Training Officer and Mental Health Officer who also handles Peer Support duties.

Patrol officers Joshua Yates, Cole Dotson, Seth McDaniel and Tim Thomas were all promoted to corporal.  All of them earned the distinction after demonstrating proficiency in their current positions, as well as the skills, training, maturity and potential for further advancement.