The Sherman Police Department promoted three of its employees to new leadership roles on Thursday.

The ceremony was led by Chief Zachary Flores and held at Sherman City Hall, where friends, family, elected officials and fellow members of the law enforcement community filled the city council’s chambers. The newly ranked peace officers were minted with new badges and bars pinned on by family members, before posing for photos and shaking hands with their colleagues.

“These guys are moving into new areas of leadership within the department,” Flores said. “We appreciate that and them taking that responsibility.”

D.M. Hampton was promoted from the rank of sergeant to lieutenant. Hampton, a Sherman native, graduated from Grayson College with an associate degree in criminal justice before he was hired by the department in 1996. He previously served as a member of the department’s patrol division, Criminal Investigation Division, Special Response Team, as a bike officer, field training officer and public information officer.

“I knew going into this that, you need to have a really good strong basis in something to be in law enforcement nowadays and my faith in Jesus Christ is actually what has gotten me through almost 22 years,” Hampton said. “Next to that, my family has supported me through this time.”

Christopher Carson was promoted from the rank of corporal to sergeant. Carson was raised in Lone Star before attending Harding University in Arkansas and completing his bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University — Commerce. He was hired on with the Sherman Police Department in 2006 and is a member of the Critical Accident Investigation Team, the department’s honor guard and the Sherman Police Regional Pipe Band.

Brandon Hughes was promoted from officer to the rank of corporal. Hughes graduated from Texas Tech University in 2003 and was hired by the Sherman Police Department in 2010. He has previously served as a field training officer and currently serves as a member of the Criminal Investigation Division, the honor guard, as a background investigator and panelist for the department’s rule board for new employees. Hughes has also been named Officer of the Quarter, twice.

Flores said he had full confidence in the three men’s leadership abilities and both the city’s residents and the department would benefit from their service.

“They care about the people that they’re serving, whether that’s the community or the officers that are serving will work for them,” Flores said.