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Two police officers promoted

Moves a part of department restructuring

February 23, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to approve the promotions of two members of the Sturbridge Police Department to superior officer positions at its meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 22.

Detective Sgt. Mark Saloio was promoted to the non-union position of lieutenant, while Officer Earl Dessert was promoted to the position of sergeant. The promotions are part of the department's restructuring plans that include deleting one sergeant position and adding a lieutenant position. Prior to Tuesday night the department included four sergeants and one lieutenant, but these promotions mean there will now be three sergeants and two lieutenants.

"The restructuring was done to create a more efficient police administration," said Chief Thomas Ford III. "One lieutenant will be responsible for administrative tasks, while the other lieutenant will handle operations tasks. This will give our sergeants an opportunity to spend more time in the field."

Saloio will earn a base annual salary of $68,500, while Dessert will be paid at the rate of $27.84 per hour. Both promotions were effective as of Wednesday morning, Feb. 23.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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