Inman takes over vacant lieutenant role at KPD

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Sgt. Lance Inman will be promoted to lieutenant after Alan McCowan retires. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Sgt. Lance Inman will be promoted to lieutenant after Alan McCowan retires. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

It all goes back to that tough chemistry class.

Sgt. Lance Inman has been with the Keizer Police Department for 21 years. On April 1, he takes over the lieutenant position being vacated by the retiring Alan McCowan.

But being a cop wasn’t the original career path for Inman, the son of a longtime Portland assistant police chief.

“My early career aspiration was to be a geologist,” said Inman, now 42. “I had a strong interest in earth sciences. I took geology and science classes. I had to pass chemistry. I got a D in a 200-level chemistry class. That was a career ender.”

Inman went on a ride-a-long with veteran Portland police officer Herschel Lange.

“He was a great mentor,” Inman said. “I quickly learned I could do it well. That changed my career goals quickly.”


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