The mayor, town manager, town council members and various community members all turned out to honor two stand-up members of the Dillon Police Department Thursday. Police chief Steve Neumeyer promoted Tina White and Brian Brady to sergeant in a ceremony at Dillon Town Hall.
"I've watched them through these last months and they've done a great job," Neumeyer said.
Becoming a sergeant requires commitment and dedication, Neumeyer said, mixed in with specific other qualities. His sergeants should have a sense of experience and must demonstrate their leadership. He explained that his job as police chief is mainly administrative and the sergeants are doing a lot of work
"I think they'll take it to a new dimension," Neumeyer said, especially as the police department moves forward.
Thursday's ceremony was actually the third time that White has been promoted to sergeant. She's been a part of the Dillon police force for six years. Before that, she reached sergeant within both the Silverthorne and Frisco police departments, adding up to about 20 years overall in Summit County.
"It takes a lot of work, it takes a lot of dedication and time," White said of her job. "You've got to develop that rapport in your department, not only with the officers but with the community and the other people in the town."
Though White said that she sometimes has to put family on the back burner in order to excel at her job, the support of her family was obvious as her husband took photos of the ceremony and went up to pin on her badge himself.
Brady's family was also out in full force to support him. His son, Kris, is a detective with the Summit County Sheriff's Office. His wife Kathleen pinned on his sergeant's badge.
"We're very proud of him. He deserves it," she said.
Brady's daughter, Kassie, added, "I'm very proud of him. He's definitely someone I look up to."
Brady has been in Dillon for five years. Previously, he worked in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for 27 years as a detective in organized crime and vice.
"This is one of the best towns in the world," Brady said of Dillon. He added that he is looking forward to the future developments of the town's police department.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for Dillon," said town manager Joe Wray of the new sergeants. "We have two veteran, very experienced officers who have proven themselves not just with the town of Dillon but with the whole community. This is the next step for continuing the professional development of the Dillon Police Department."