MIDDLETOWN – Promotions and new titles dominated the agenda at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.
With family watching, Middletown police officer Brian Thomas was promoted to sergeant. Chief Gary Benedict made the promotion announcement to council members.
“He has done a fine job,” Benedict said.
Thomas said he was excited and honored. “It is something I worked for my entire career.”
Thomas said he looks forward to helping Middletown and the police department continue to move forward.
“I am very blessed to have this opportunity to serve the community of Middletown,” he said.
Thomas’ wife Alicia placed his new sergeant’s chevrons onto the lapels of his uniform.
Thomas has been in law enforcement for almost nine years. He served with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Middletown police.
His father, Stephen Thomas Sr., noted, “We are proud of him.”
Service runs in the Thomas family.
Brian Thomas’ older brother Stephen Thomas Jr. serves on the Fairfax County police force and was previously in the Army as part of the military police. Their father served in the Army for 30 years, and their great-great-grandfather was the first police chief for Greenport, New York. Their great-grandfather was also the police chief for the same community, Brian Thomas said.
Brian Thomas will take on more of a leadership role in the department, including taking charge of the department when Benedict is not on duty.
Benedict also introduced his newest Middletown officer, Tyler MacMillan.
MacMillan was with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office for about two years.
The police department now includes Benedict, three other uniformed members, a part-time detective, and an administrative assistant.
Also Monday night, council members unanimously voted for Jeff Pennington as the new vice mayor.
“I am grateful for the support of my fellow council members,” Pennington said. “I am glad to work with a council who is unified in a non-partisan entity that works very well together.”
His background with policy and project management made him feel he was a good candidate to submit his name for vice mayor.
The position was left vacant when Tom Simon stepped down because of a new job that requires more travel.
The vice mayor helps cover an event if the mayor is out, and sits in on meetings and committees.
Town Mayor Charles Harbaugh said Pennington is perfect to be their vice mayor.
“He is very thoughtful and insightful. He brings a historical perspective to the Town Council,” Harbaugh said.