OGDEN -- Within the past six months, the Ogden Police Department has welcomed the promotion of three new lieutenants.
The trio have one thing in common.
"All of these three had a significant turn at a specialty position," said Police Chief Jon J. Greiner.
"When you're doing those kinds of progressive things and those kinds of assignments, you get the attention of those people making recommendations to me for promotion."
Lt. Danielle Croyle was promoted March 20, Lt. Shawn Hamblin on June 12 and Lt. Eric Young on July 10.
All three joined the force within a few years of each other -- Croyle and Hamblin on the same day -- but the connections don't stop there.
Croyle and Young attended Weber State University at the same time, and Young and Hamblin worked security at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden nearly 20 years ago before joining the Ogden force.
Not only was Croyle the first of the recent promotions, she also is just the second female lieutenant in the force's history.
The first, Marcy Korgenski, was promoted to assistant chief, which opened one of the three spots that Croyle said she is honored to fill.
The move provided a few surprising realizations.
"When you test from a sergeant to a lieutenant, you think, 'I can do that,' " Croyle said. "But when you get there, it challenges you, because you don't know all the things they're accountable for, so it's just a different level of responsibility that enhances what you're doing for the whole department and whole city."
The new lieutenants found out their jobs are far more administrative than sergeants' jobs.
Plus, it is the lieutenants who deal with the media, either by writing the news releases or talking directly with reporters on the telephone or in person at crime scenes.
Young said the lieutenant in charge is basically the keeper of the city and has to be in charge of everything that happens.
"It was a pretty significant adjustment to me," said Young, 41. "I hadn't had a lot of exposure to it, so it was kind of a whole new world, but I've settled in and now enjoy it."
All three have handled their new responsibilities well in the eyes of their boss.
"They've taken on some ideas of their own, and they're asking us if they can try to be different kind of leaders," Greiner said.
Hamblin said that, in a way, the challenges the lieutenants face are the same as the ones a sergeant faces, which is to provide a good-quality work product for the residents of Ogden and to use the resources they have to be as effective as they can be.
But learning to deal with those similar challenges is the goal for the new lieutenants.
"You start all over again and realize that you have new challenges and new responsibilities, and you take them head on and do the best you can do every day that you come into work," said Hamblin, 42.
That's exactly what is expected of the new lieutenants because that's what they have already shown as members of the force.
"I think they've proven themselves," Greiner said, "and now we're going to give them an opportunity to take on more responsibility and prove themselves again."