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Geneva Police Department announces promotions

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On Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the Geneva Police Department held a promotional ceremony for Lieutenant John Van Savage and Sergeant Jay Bucklin. Geneva City Clerk Lori Guinan administered the Oath of Office.


John Van Savage was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Van Savage began his law enforcement career in 2008 with the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office. He came to the Geneva Police Department in 2011 where he was assigned to the Uniformed Division’s Road Patrol. Then was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit from 2013 to 2016. He advanced to the rank of Sergeant in 2022.


Lieutenant Van Savage is highly experienced in many fields. He serves as a Defensive Tactics Instructor, General Topics Instructor, Crisis Intervention Team member, and is a member of the Tactical Warrant Services. He is assigned to oversee the Uniformed Division.

Jay Bucklin was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Bucklin began his law enforcement career with the Geneva Police Department in 2018. Sergeant Bucklin is a dedicated member of this agency who takes pride in his work, leaders said. He is certified in several topics. Sergeant Bucklin is a member of the Bicycle Patrol, a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer, and is a member of the Crisis Intervention Team. Sergeant Bucklin is currently assigned to
the Uniformed Division as a Road Patrol Supervisor.