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Nine Nassau County Sheriff Deputies were promoted Friday, including four to the rank of lieutenant and five to the rank of sergeant, according Sheriff Bill Leeper, who said the ceremony was one of the largest held in the department based on promotional testing.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper announced promotions Friday of five sergeants and four lieutenants.

Sheriff Bill Leeper announced Friday the promotion of nine deputies, pictured in a group photo above. Back row from left: Sgt. Rodney McConnell, Sgt. Josh Hyers, Sgt. Brandon Schmidt, Sgt. Dee Gaston, and Sgt. Garland Rhoden. Front row from left: Lt. Philip Crews, Lt. Tim Cooper, Lt. Jeffrey Stull II, and Lt. Jeremy Carter.

Sheriff Leeper established professional testing requirements for moving up the chain of command at the county’s law enforcement agency after his election to the office in 2012. He was re-elected last year to a second four-year term.

According to the sheriff, the following deputies were promoted to lieutenant and given the following assignments:

Lt. Tim Cooper – assigned to Corrections overseeing Inmate Transportation and Courthouse Bailiffs.

Lt. Jeremy Carter – assigned to Corrections as Shift Commander for “B” shift.

Lt. Jeff Stull II – assigned to Corrections as Shift Commander for “D” shift.

Lt. Phiilip Crews – assigned to Corrections as Shift Commander for “A” shift.

According to the sheriff, the following deputies were promoted to sergeant and given the following assignments:

Sgt. Garland “Bubba” Rhoden – assigned to Patrol “A” shift.

Sgt. Brandon Schmidt – assigned to Patrol “D” shift.

Sgt. Dee Gaston – assigned to Patrol “C” shift.

Sgt. Lance McConnell – assigned to Patrol “B” shift.

Sgt. Josh Hyers – assigned to Patrol “C” shift.

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