It may have been the largest contingent of officers to be promoted at one time within the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.
That's how Sheriff Andy Dedeke described a promotion ceremony last week.
Five people were promoted, two of them to the rank of lieutenant.
"This is an exciting time for us as an agency and I would hope those being honored today are equally excited," Dedeke said Friday.
Jerry Lorenzo and Eric Thorne were promoted to the rank of lieutenant during the ceremony. Lorenzo will command the Leavenworth County Jail. Thorne will command the patrol division of the Sheriff's Office.
Lorenzo expressed gratitude for the opportunity he's been given and said he looks forward to working with people in his new position.
"Hopefully everything goes good," he said.
Thorne thanked the administration of the Sheriff's Office for the opportunity to serve as a lieutenant. He also thanked his family and said he hopes he does a good job.
Also Friday, Tyler Fast was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and Jeff Adams and John McEvoy both were promoted to the rank of corporal.
Dedeke described all of the officers who were promoted as solid performers.
He said there had been several retirements before he took office in January, leaving open positions to be filled.
He said the promotion process was lengthy.
"Ten officers competed for five positions," he said. "We attempted to challenge each candidate and take them out of their comfort zone."
At the beginning of Friday's ceremony, Dedeke deputized two officers ― Michelle Still and Laura Peters. He said one will be leaving for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. The other is finishing up a final exam from the center.