Eric Fields promoted

From left, Justice and Public Safety Deputy Secretary Jonathan Grate, Sergeant Eric Fields and KSP Commissioner Richard Sanders. Fields was one of 77 officers promoted at a ceremony Oct. 26 in Lexington.

The Kentucky State Police recognized the promotion of 77 agency officers at a ceremony held Oct. 26 in Lexington. Post 1 Sergeant Eric Fields was among those recognized.

KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders told the new promotees that in their new roles they have one of the toughest jobs around. They have to satisfy those above them while encouraging and energizing those who work for them.

“Great leaders are not born,” he said, “they are built. And the two most important attributes of leadership are concern for the welfare of those who work for you and leadership by example. You can’t get up and preach without walking the walk.”

Sergeant Eric Fields, an 11 year veteran, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on September 1, 2018 and remained assigned to Mayfield, Post 1 as the east squad sergeant. He is a resident of Lyon County and graduated from Reidland High School and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He was a police officer with the Tennessee Valley Authority from 2001 to 2007. Sergeant Fields graduated from the KSP Academy in 2008 graduating class 86 and was assigned to Post 1, where he served as a trooper and detective. He received the KSP Citation for Bravery in 2017 for an incident in Lyon County. SGT Fields is married to Mandy Fields and they have three children, Isabella, Grace, and Allison.