County Manager Jim Walker said the event was a great day for Amerman, his family and the community.
He took the opportunity to praise the new deputy chief and the rest of the police force.
“He is a great role model and I am proud I have been able to see him serve and be successful,” Walker said. “This department works awfully hard to serve the public and do a good job.”
Amerman had 20 years under his belt with the county’s police department.
But he said other jurisdictions – he grew up with an uncle who worked for the New Jersey State Police Department and a great-grandfather who was a police chief in Pennsylvania – helped him decide to serve and protect.
“I was born and grew up in New Jersey and had family members who worked in law enforcement that I had a lot of respect for and who had a positive influence on my life, so I guess it just came natural to choose a path of service,” Amerman said.
After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army where he served as a military police sergeant for about seven years before going to work for Henry County.
Amerman said his career with the department has had its share of highlights, like attending the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
“Less than 1 percent of the world’s police officers get to attend this academy,” he said.
Amerman also cited being recognized by his subordinates as “a great feeling.”
“I received a plaque from my officers when I was in charge of the Special Operations division,” he said. “They thanked me for my hard work and dedication to them and the mission, which said a lot to me because it validated my actions.”
Amerman said adapting to changes and meeting challenges head-on have been an important part of his career, but communication and collaboration remain priorities.
“I see communication as one of the most important things that the police department can do,” he said. “Having the ability to bring everyone together, not just in our police department, but other law enforcement agencies, civic groups, other departments within the county to work toward a common goal for the good of the county is just as important.”