The St. James Police Department recently recognized the promotion of Lt. Carl Swanson.
Formerly a sergeant with the department, Swanson was promoted last week to fill the position left by Ron Jones, who was recently promoted to chief of police.
Roger Jarrett has been promoted to fill the sergeant position, and the department is currently hiring a patrolman.
"We try to promote within the police department based on leadership skills and qualification," said Chief Ron Jones. "Carl has put forth a lot of that within in his time and he is a good fit as well.
“He is very hardworking and reliable. If you need him at a moment's notice, he's always there, whether he's on or off duty."
Swanson, 29, who began his career with the department about four years ago as a patrolman, was promoted to sergeant in January.
"With Ron Jones being the new chief, I know we're moving in a very positive direction," Swanson said. "I'm just glad to be part of that."
Swanson is originally from the Houston, Mo., area.
Since he started with the department, he has also worked as the K-9 officer.
As lieutenant, his duties will include investigations, management, administrative duties, and acting as liaison with other agencies.
"I'm just glad to be put in a position where I can help the department and the community move forward," he added. "I think we're doing a good job of that."