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Detective Rux promoted to Middletown Police Department sergeant

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 12/21/18

A very familiar face with the Middletown Police Department has been appointed the department’s newest sergeant.

Borough council Dec. 18 unanimously appointed as sergeant effective …

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Detective Rux promoted to Middletown Police Department sergeant

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A very familiar face with the Middletown Police Department has been appointed the department’s newest sergeant.

Borough council Dec. 18 unanimously appointed as sergeant effective immediately Gary Rux II.

Council following a closed-door executive session also attended by Mayor James H. Curry III chose Rux from among four full-time Middletown police officers who were certified eligible for the sergeant position through written and oral exams completed through the Middletown Civil Service Commission.

According to results made public by the commission on Dec. 4, Patrol Officer Mark Laudenslager attained the highest total score in the examinations, followed by Patrol Officer James Bennett, then Rux, and then Patrol Officer Tyler Zehring. The highest score isn’t automatically selected as sergeant, however.

Councilor Jenny Miller abstained from the vote, saying she had known and worked with Rux “too long.”

Rux has been a police officer for nine years, the past eight spent with the Middletown department.

Rux in January was promoted to detective and has served in that position throughout the year.

Rux is also widely known in the community for his role over several years in building Middletown’s annual National Night Out event. Rux in 2017 relinquished that role to Middletown Police Officer Adam Tankersley.

Neither Curry nor Interim Police Chief Sgt. Dennis Morris responded to requests for comment regarding Rux being appointed to sergeant, including whether he will remain a detective.

The 2019 general fund budget that council adopted includes $16,000 for promotional opportunities within the department.

Council in doing so supported a request from Morris for funding so the department can add a second detective. The current case workload is too much for one detective, Morris told council during budget hearings.

The department proposes to take one of its existing full-time officers and promote them to the second detective position.

The department had two sergeants before Rux was appointed. Morris and Officer Scott Yoder were both appointed sergeant in August 2017.

However, Morris has been interim chief since Aug. 21, 2018, when Curry appointed him to the position after sexual assault charges were filed against Chief George Mouchette. Council on Sept. 4 ratified Curry’s appointment of Morris as interim chief.

Mouchette is still a borough employee, although he has been on a suspended without pay status since the charges against him were filed.

The charges against Mouchette — aggravated indecent assault without consent, criminal attempt-rape forcible compulsion, and unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury — are pending in Dauphin County Court. His next scheduled court appearance is Feb. 2.

Morris when promoted to sergeant had been placed in charge of department operations, including patrol, patrol investigations, and police department computer systems.

Yoder, already the department armorer, was placed in charge of logistics, including responsibility for supply and for maintaining department vehicles and bicycles.