The Sherman Police Department promoted three of its officers during a ceremony Monday in the SPD’s municipal courtroom.

The Sherman Police Department promoted three of its officers during a ceremony Monday in the SPD’s municipal courtroom.


Chief Otis Henry oversaw the promotions of Sgt. Charley Smith to Lieutenant, Cpl. Kevin Hudson to sergeant and Officer Zach Flores to corporal.


Family, friends and coworkers of the three officers looked on as Henry awarded the promotions. The officers also received new badges that were pinned on by either Henry or a family member.


After the promotions, Assistant Chief Ken Francis delivered short biographies of Smith, Hudson and Flores.


Smith became a commissioned officer in 1985, and was hired on at the Sherman PD on Feb. 1, 1992. Francis commented that Smith has "been just about everything in the department." Positions that Smith has worked include patrol officer, a field training officer, traffic safety officer and, for a short time, public information officer.


As sergeant, Smith will now be supervising two patrol shifts.


"It’s kind of a new beginning," Smith said. "I’m used to being on the street, so it’s going to be an adjustment for me."


Next, Francis introduced Hudson, who became a commissioned officer in 1987 and arrived at the Sherman PD on July 26, 1990. Hudson has experience as a patrol officer and field training officer, and working on the special response team and in the narcotics division.


Hudson will be supervising a patrol shift, something he said he is looking forward to.


"It’ll be nice to have my own shift, and be able to take care of the (other officers) without having to go through somebody else," Hudson said.


Zach Flores was the last officer to be introduced. Flores was hired on Nov. 23, 2007, and already has experience working as a patrol officer and field training officer and in the criminal investigations division. In addition, he is a member of the Department’s honor guard.


Flores said that the Department has done a lot for him, and that he appreciates the promotion.


"When I started, it was my intent to promote," Flores said, "and so today being the first step in that promotion process, it’s exciting."


Francis indicated the significance of all three newly-appointed supervisors having been field training officers. Henry agreed.


"In my mind, that’s very important and speaks highly of their desire to see this Department succeed," Henry said.