Two longtime were sworn-in as lieutenants at a ceremony Friday morning at , according to a press release from the City of Chicago Heights.
Thomas B. Rogers and Keith A. Applequist went from sergeants to lieutenants, after a recommendation from Police Chief Charles A. Guiliani, Jr. and confirmation from the Chicago Heights Police and Fire Board.
“This is more than just two sergeants being promoted because they finished first and second on the eligibility list," Guiliani said. "This is a career commitment of serving and protecting the citizens of our city that brought them to this rank of lieutenant."
Mayor David Gonzalez, who announced the promotions at the ceremony, praised Rogers and Applequist as well. The mayor also noted the importance of public safety and crime prevention to his administration.
“My administration continues its pledge of getting tough on crime and ensuring that both our residents and the business community can live and operate in safe neighborhoods," Gonzalez said.
Rogers and Applequist have already started serving in their new roles with the police department.