The Denison Police Department held a ceremony Thursday to celebrate the swearing in of one officer and the promotion of another, both within the department’s patrol division.


Patrol Officer Alexis Sublett was officially sworn in before a crowd of friends, family and new coworkers during Thursday’s ceremony. A few moments later, Chris Nordhoff, a nine-year veteran with the department, was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant over the patrols.


Prior to her time as a recruit with the department, Sublett worked as a private event manager, but said she had considered joining law enforcement for some time. In her new role, Sublett said she wants to use her past with customer service to represent the city and the police department before the community.


“Being a police officer, you need to be objective regardless of background,” she said. “I ultimately want to be that person everyone can depend on.”


Lt. Paul Neumann brought in Sublett’s new badge in a briefcase that was handcuffed to his wrist as a joke for Police Chief Jay Burch. During a recent swearing in ceremony, Burch accidentally misplaced a new officer’s badge in his pocket prior to the ceremony, much to his own chagrin.


In addition to celebrating Sublett’s new role as a patrol officer, the department recognized Nordhoff with a promotion to lieutenant. Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said the department had a vacancy in the lieutenant role and conducted tests of its eligible sergeants in August. Nordhoff scored the highest on this written exam, Eppler said.


Nordhoff has been in law enforcement for the past nine years, all of which was with the Denison Police Department. For the past two years, Nordhoff has served as a sergeant.


After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, Nordhoff was looking for a way to continue his service to the community outside of the military. After talking with other veterans who went into law enforcement, Nordhoff said he decided to turn to the field as a career path.


With his new position, Nordhoff will be one of two lieutenants over the patrols, effectively filling middle management within the division.


“This new role is going to expand on my leadership role and I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said.