BENNINGTON — Four members of the Bennington Police Department have been promoted.
The promotions of Roscoe Harrington, Amanda Thomson, Michael Sharshon and Stephen Sleasman took effect Sunday. Harrington was promoted to sergeant; Thomson, Sharshon and Sleasman were promoted to corporal.
"It's really an honor and a privilege to be here," said Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette at the ceremony Friday at the police station.
One by one, Doucette called them forward, formally appointing them to their new positions. Loved ones pinned their new badges and collar brass to their uniforms, signifying their new ranks.
"We see it fitting to have the ceremony with their families present," Doucette said. "To show [support]. That their families are behind them."
The promotions are the result of a three-month process, in which candidates participated in a written examination, oral board, an assigned project and presentation, and a review of performance and leadership abilities, according to information from the department.
Over the next four months, they'll do training and be mentored by other supervisors in the department. The supervisors will travel to Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, where they'll participate in the Command Training Series conducted by the college's Justice System Training & Research Institute.
The series provides management and leadership education for criminal justice professionals.
Sleasman always wanted to be an officer, his wife, Tiffany, she said. He's worked for the department for about three years, and was previously the manager of a Planet Fitness in New York.
"It's a great opportunity," said Kayla Sharshon, the wife of Michael Sharshon. All the promoted employees work "very, very hard," she said.
Doucette said he anticipates there won't be another promotional process for at least another year. This process was initiated by personnel changes, especially Lt. David Dutcher's retirement and the promotion of Camillo Grande to succeed him.
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