APD Detective promoted to Sergeant

Congratulations to the Asheville Police Department’s John Rikard, who was promoted from Detective to Sergeant in an Oct. 12 ceremony at Asheville City Hall. Sgt. Rikard has been with APD for nine years and has served in the roles of Patrol Officer, Community Resource Officer, and General Assignment and Major Case Detective.

The ceremony was held in Asheville City Council Chambers and was overseen by Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, who administered the oath, and by APD Chief William Anderson.

“It’s wonderful that we can all come together and celebrate this achievement,” Anderson said to a gathering of Sgt. Rikard’s family, friends and colleagues.

The APD promoted three other officers in an August 3 ceremony.