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Bears beef up scouting staff

The Bears beefed up their player personnel department and elevated Chris Ballard and Marty Barrett to directors on Tuesday.

General manager Phil Emery unveiled his staff, rewarding his experienced scouts and adding new ones into the fold to develop.

All told, the Bears scouting staff increases from 13 in 2011 to 19 in 2012.

In general, relative to other teams, the Bears personnel department was smaller.

“Our personnel department is a team of evaluators with a wide and diverse background,” Emery said in a statement. “Our scouts, coaches and support personnel will work together to shape a roster in an effort to win championships.

“This diversity of backgrounds greatly enhances our collective efforts in the evaluation of perspective players’ football abilities, as well as the players’ fit for our scheme, locker room, team and community.”

Ballard will be the Bears director of pro scouting and Barrett has been named the director of college scouting. Ballard had been with the Bears the previous 11 seasons, most recently as the Southwest Area Scout. Barrett spent the previous 15 seasons with the Bears, most recently focusing on the West.

Both had stints as college coaches, as well, earlier in their careers.

Emery said Ballard and Barrett were selected because of their skill as “communicators and evaluators.”

Here are the other moves:

--Dwayne Joseph and Kevin Turks will both work as assistant directors of pro scouting. Joseph spent the last eight seasons with the Miami Dolphins as a pro scout while Turks is in his 11th season with the Bears.

--Jeff Shiver will serve as the Bears executive scout/ assistant director of college scouting with a focus on the Big Ten. Shiver was an area scout for the Bears focusing on the Midwest region.

--Rex Hogan and Mark Sadowski will both work as national scouts, working the West and East regions. Hogan joined the Bears as a college scout in 2003 and Sadowski has been with the Bears since 2005.

--Ted Monago, who is in his 12th season in the Bears, will serve as an executive scout with a focus on the Southeastern Conference.

--Robyn Wilkey will serve as the executive assistant/ scouting coordinator in her 15th season with the Bears.

--Kent Kahl, James Kirkland, Francis Saint-Paul and Sam Summerville will serve as area scouts. Kahl will focus on Central states, Kirkland will focus on the Atlantic area, Saint-Paul will work the West and Summerville will concentrate on the East.

The Bears also hired Breck Ackley, Bobby Macedo, Zach Truty and David Williams as scouting assistants. Ackley joins the Bears personnel department after working two seasons as a graduate assistant football coach at Southern University. Macedo comes to Chicago after spending the 2011 season as a running backs coach for Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. Truty served as director of player personnel for the Arizona Rattlers in 2011 after working as a recruiting coordinator for Eastern Michigan University for two years. Williams joins Chicago after working as player personnel assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs this past year. He has also served as a football operations intern and equipment intern for the Cleveland Browns.

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