York City Police promotes three in ceremony

Three York City Police officers with a combined total of more than 50 years experience were promoted this week.

York City Police Chief Wes Kahley , left, stands next to three ranking officers, Sgt. Michael Meeker, Lt. Dan Aikey, and Capt. Troy Bankert. All of them were promoted during a ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 25. Christopher Dornblaser photo.

"They all do a good job," Chief Wes Kahley said Wednesday, Oct. 25, after their promotion ceremony.

On Wednesday, friends, family, and more than a dozen fellow police officers packed the York City Council chambers for the promotion of the three longtime officers.

Promotions: Troy Bankert, formerly a lieutenant, was promoted to captain. Bankert has been with the department 19 years.

He said his new position will deal with community services, records and accreditation.  

Dan Aikey, formerly a sergeant, was promoted to lieutenant. Aikey has been with the department for 23 years.

"I'm just excited to start a new role in the department," he said.

Michael Meeker, formerly a patrolman, was promoted to sergeant. Meeker will be with the department 10 years come January.

"I'm appreciative that they promoted me," he said.

Kahley said because Capt. Tim Utley is retiring, the three spots needed to be filled. Utley's last day will be Nov. 10, but he won't officially be retired until the end of the year because he is using vacation, according to the chief.

Kahley said Meeker will complete training before moving fully into his new role. He said Aikey has been slowly transitioning into his new position of lieutenant. 

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.