The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office welcomed two new deputies to its ranks and promoted four of the agency’s current employees on Tuesday, in a ceremony attended by friends, family and the area law enforcement community.

The event was at the GCSO headquarters and included words from Sheriff Tom Watt, who spoke of the different skills and personalities of those recognized. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Rita Noel was also on hand to officially swear in the department’s two newest members.

“This is the fun part of the job,” Watt said. “This is where we get to showcase the good people who we have working with us and I’ve think you’ve seen just a few of those folks today.”

Jimmy Leverett and Travis Looney were both hired as new patrol deputies. Leverett began his career with the Tioga Police Department before moving on to the Grayson College Police Department and Whitesboro Police Department — the latter of which he served for 12 years. Looney joined the department after previously working as a corrections officer at the Fannin County Jail and the Pottsboro Police Department, where he worked for two and a half years and was named “Officer of the Year” in 2017.

“This is somewhere I’ve wanted to be for a long time,” Leverett said. “I’m really looking forward to it and it should be a lot of fun.”

Jeremy Dunn and Jessey Grissom were promoted to the respective ranks of sergeant and investigator. In his 15-year law enforcement career, Dunn has worked for numerous agencies, including the Rhome Police Department, the Lipscomb County Sheriff’s Office and the Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office. Grissom, who served in the United States Marine Corps for five years, joined the Denison Police Department in 2004 and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in February.

William May and Christopher Smith were each promoted to the rank of corporal. May previously worked for the Gainesville and Anna police departments, as well as the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Smith has previously worked as an officer of the Bells, Whitesboro and Austin College police departments. The newly-minted corporal said he was glad to have his father — a retired officer with more than 30 years of experience between Sherman and Denison police departments — present. Smith said he was also proud to have his own son pin on his new badge and that he hoped he would follow in the steps of his father and grandfather.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Smith said. “It’s very big day for me.”