BRADENTON -- Some of Bradenton's finest were promoted before family and friends Wednesday evening, while others were welcomed into the department.
Six members of the Bradenton Police Department were promoted to the rank of sergeant, lieutenant and captain, respectively, while six new officers joined the department at the 5 p.m. ceremony at Bradenton City Council Chambers.
"I am very proud of this organization so I expect you to be proud of this organization," Police Commissioner and Mayor Wayne Poston said. "A lot of people wish they were in your seats but they didn't make the cut."
Lt. Tim Christensen was promoted to captain and is now in command of the Patrol Support Division.
Sgts. Jeremy Giddens and Brian Thiers were promot
ed to lieutenant.
Giddens will serve as the Patrol Operations commander within District 2 and Thiers will be Patrol Operations commander for the midnight shift.
Master Patrol Officers Officer Anthony Cerniglia and Anthony Ramdath were promoted to sergeant with Detective Shannon Seymour. All will serve as patrol operations supervisors for District 2.
Those promoted to sergeant or lieutenant had to go through a new police exam, according to Chief Michael Radzilowski.
"They are very competitive police exams," Radzilowski said. "There is just so much talent."
Officers Christopher Bennett, Graham Cook, Michael Dunois, Michael McNamee, William Mulligan and Carl Severs were sworn in.
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.