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Stillwater Police Officers receive promotions

Released:Jun 04, 2021


Watch Ceremony (Credit: City of Stillwater)


Photo of Chief of Police Jeff Watts, Lieutenant Jeremy Rager, Sergeant Kurt Merrill, and Assistant Chief of Police Shannon Jordan in the City Council Hearing Room
The Stillwater Police Department's newest lieutenant and sergeant, Jeremy Rager (middle left) and Kurt Merrill (middle right), are pinned by Police Chief Watts (far left) and Assistant Chief Shannon Jordan (far right) in a ceremony on Thursday, June 3.

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / June 4, 2021) – The City of Stillwater celebrated our newest promoted officers within the Stillwater Police Department at a pinning ceremony Thursday, June 3. The promoted officers include Jeremy Rager, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and Kurt Merrill, promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Find details and officer biographies at

A video replay is available on the City of Stillwater's YouTube channel, City of Stillwater TV.


View and download photos of the event on Flickr (Credit: City of Stillwater)

For media inquiries, contact the Department of Marketing and Civic Engagement at 405.742.8219 or email

Residents invited to see Stillwater Police officer promotions


Poster announcing a police pinning ceremony in the City Council Hearing Room on June 3, 2021

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / June 1, 2021) – The public is invited to witness a ceremony for officer promotions and pinning within the Stillwater Police Department (SPD).

Sergeant Jeremy Rager and Officer Kurt Merrill will be promoted to lieutenant and sergeant positions during a ceremony on Thursday, June 3. The ceremony will start at 3 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room at the Stillwater Municipal Building, 723. S. Lewis St.

Merrill worked for the Payne County Sheriff’s Office as a field deputy before joining the SPD in 2007. He is being promoted to sergeant and will be assigned to midnight patrol as a shift supervisor.

Rager began his career at the Stillwater Police Department in 2001. He left SPD in 2009, graduated the 59th Oklahoma Highway Patrol academy and worked as a state trooper in Payne County for two years before returning to the SPD in 2011. Rager is a crisis / hostage negotiator and has been a member of the Stillwater multi-jurisdictional special operations team for 11 years. He has also served as a field training officer and assisted with the citizens academy. Rager is being promoted to 1st watch Lieutenant.

RSVPs are not required to attend the event.

The ceremony will also be broadcast live on Suddenlink channel 14, AT&T U-verse channel 99 and the City of Stillwater's YouTube channel for those who cannot attend in person.

A video replay and photos of the event will be made available at in the days following the ceremony.

For questions about this event, contact Lieutenant Kyle Bruce at 405.742.8392 or email


View and download individual officer photos on Flickr (Credit: City of Stillwater)

For media inquiries, contact the Department of Marketing and Civic Engagement at 405.742.8219 or email


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