The Grove Police Department recently promoted two officers to shift sergeant, Police Chief Mark Morris said Thursday.

On July 15, 2008, Officers Mike O’Herin and Wesley Stephenson were named as new shift sergeants for the department.

Both men have been full-time officers with the Grove Police Department since 2004.

O’Herin served as a reserve officer for the department prior to being hired full-time, and Stephenson was a supervisor at the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office before coming to Grove.

Morris said the two will go through field training with senior sergeants as part of the preparation for their new assignments.

“They will supervise officers on the street as well as dispatchers during their shifts,” Morris said.

In addition, he explained, O’Herin and Stephenson will be in charge of evaluating the performance and training needs of the officers they supervise.

“Part of that will include identifying each officer’s goals for the future and helping to facilitate the specialized training they will need to advance them in their areas of interest in addition to the regular annual training they all receive,” Morris said.

He noted that another responsibility O’Herin and Stephenson will have is to pass on the philosophies of the department’s administration to the officers on the street.

“They will let the officers know how we do things in this department – the theories and practices we deem appropriate for the protection of our community,” Morris said.

The sergeants will also be on the frontline should members of the community have complaints.

Morris said several officers applied for the promotion and each was required to pass a written exam and an oral interview.

“The interviews were conducted by Major Dan Hinman, Lieutenant Mark Sheridan, and Sergeant Barlow of the Claremore Police Department,” Morris said.

“We are very pleased to announce that these well-qualified officers have been promoted,” Morris said. “We strive every day to make Grove a safer place for everyone, and we believe that this promotion is another step toward reaching that goal.”