Two Promoted in Village

“This is a special day"

    Two East Hampton Village police officers were promoted in a ceremony at the village board’s meeting on Friday.
    Detective Gregory J. Brown was promoted to the rank of sergeant, at an annual base salary of $130,658, and Officer Steven B. Sheades was transferred to the detective division. His annual base salary will be $115,184. Both promotions are effective as of Wednesday.
    “This is a special day as it relates to the Village of East Hampton, your governmental body, the residents, and in particular the Police Department,” Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said to a large group of the officers’ family members and well-wishers on hand. Both of their fathers are retired from the department.
    “As chief of a small police department it’s not too often that I get a chance to reward fine officers with promotions,” Chief Gerard Larsen said.
    Officer Sheades, he said, has been working for the department since the age of 15. During his tenure, “He has done an outstanding job year after year,” he said.
    Detective Brown was hired as a part-time officer in 1993, became a full-time officer in 1999, and was promoted to detective in 2007, Chief Larsen said. He also served three years on the East End Drug Task Force and has received numerous department awards for outstanding police work, said the chief. “If I was to sum up Greg’s career with one word, it would be ‘outstanding.’ I can’t say enough kind words about these two men. I’m very proud of both of them and I wish them huge success.”
    Richard Lawler, a village board member who is police commissioner, gave a badge to each of the officers’ fathers, who pinned them to their sons’ uniforms.