Grove Detective Sergeant Mark Sheridan has been promoted to lieutenant, and is now third in command at the Grove Police Department, Chief Mark Morris announced Monday.

“As of July 1st, Sheridan has been officially promoted,” Morris said.

Sheridan, a law enforcement veteran of 28 years, has been with the Grove Police Department for 23 years.

He is taking over the position vacated last month when Lieutenant Dan Hinman was promoted to Assistant Chief.

“We had four applicants from the department for the position,” Morris said.

He explained that applicants are subject to a promotion process dictated by the Fraternal Order of Police, which is based on a 100-point system.

“The process consists of 10 written questions concerning the policy and procedure manual, and a 15-question oral interview done by two members of the department and a mutually agreed upon third party (in this case Miami Police Chief Gary Anderson),” Morris said.

In addition, applicants receive points for seniority.

“At the end of the day, Sheridan was recommended for the promotion,” Morris said.

Sheridan served on the Grove patrol division for 14 years and has been a detective with the department for the past nine.

“He has specialized for several years now in crimes against children, including sexual assault and abuse,” Morris said. “He has established a close working relationship with DCCSAN and has been involved in numerous successful crime investigations.”

Sheridan’s new duties include overseeing the detective division as well as managing the case load and training less experienced officers.

“I will still be a detective,” Sheridan said. “But now I will be supervising, too.”

Morris said he thinks Sheridan is an excellent choice for the lieutenant’s position.

“He is an extremely hard worker with valuable experience in many aspects of law enforcement. We are excited about his promotion and believe it will help improve our department as we look ahead to a better future for our community,” Morris said.

Sheridan said he is excited about his promotion as well.

“I’m looking forward to the new challenges that will come with the job,” Sheridan said. “It’s a great opportunity to serve the police department and the citizens of Grove.”