Four years after passing the promotional exam, Anthony Vitullo and Robert Lodwick finally are detective sergeants.
“I’m excited and nervous about the change,” Vitullo said Friday after he and Lodwick were sworn in by Mayor Charles Sammarone to their new jobs.
“This is something new for me,” Vitullo added.
Vitullo has been a patrolman since July 28, 1997, and Lodwick has held that position since May 8, 2000.
The two passed the detective-sergeant civil-service test four years ago and have spent brief periods as temporary detective sergeants.
But now these are permanent posts.
“It’s a long time coming,” Lodwick said. “I’ve been looking for this for years. It’s an exciting day.”
During the past few years, the police department has reduced the number of detective sergeants from 50 to 26 through attrition and promotions, said Chief Rod Foley.
But with the need for more detective sergeants and the approval of the mayor, that number was increased to 28 and on Friday, it went to 30.
“We need good people in midlevel management,” said Foley, who praised Vitullo and Lodwick for their work on the force.
Their annual base pay will go from $54,383.94 to $62,541.80.