MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Three members of the Camel Police Department were given promotions last week and were sworn into their new jobs by Supervisor Ken Schmitt at last week’s Town Board meeting as their friends and families looked on.

Two of the officers were promoted to sergeant, while another was made detective.

Michael Russo

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Russo was promoted from detective to sergeant.

He began his law enforcement career in 2000 with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, working as a corrections officer before being promoted to deputy. He came to the Carmel PD in 2003 and worked in the special conditions unit for two years. He’s served as a detective in the department for the past 12 years.

“He’s done an excellent job and this promotion is well-deserved,” said Schmitt.

Russo grew up in Stormville in Dutchess County and graduated from Carmel High School. He said it was a friend who got him interested in police work.

“My friend was taking some police test and I took an interest in it,” Russo recalled. “I started taking the tests with him and I am proud I chose it as a career.”

Russo said becoming a sergeant has always been a personal goal.

“I learned a lot being a detective,” he said. “I was happy and appreciative of what I got to experience, and I hope that I can continue that as a sergeant.”

Russo has a son and a daughter who attend the Arlington School District.

Michael Bodo

Bodo, who came to the Carmel PD 13 years ago, was also promoted from detective to sergeant. He started his police career in the town of Wallkill in Orange County in 2004 and was with them for two years.

He came to Carmel in 2006 where he served as a patrol officer, worked on the marine unit patrolling Lake Mahopac and was elected president of the PBA, the police union.

“I have been working for this for a long time; it’s a milestone,” Bodo said of the promotion. “It’s certainly been a long time in the making.”

Bodo grew up in Kent and graduated from Carmel High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Bodo and his wife, Tina, currently reside in Dutchess County, and have two sons, Braydon and Blake.

“I wouldn’t be here without them,” he said.

Brian Shay

Shay is in his 16th year with the Carmel PD and was promoted from patrolman to detective. He grew up on Long Island before moving to the area in 1998.

Shay began his law enforcement career with the NYPD in 2001 and spent a year and a half with them before taking a job with the village of Elmsford. About a year and half later, in 2004, he came to the Carmel PD.

“I did plainclothes narcotics with Carmel PD for about five years with the detective division, so [becoming a detective] was something I always wanted,” he said.

Shay, who has a Bachelor of Science degree from Pace University, is married to his wife, Noelle, and they have a son, Peter.

“These are all veteran police officers who have been with the Carmel Police Department for many years,” Schmitt said at the May 15 meeting. “The promotions come highly recommended by Chief [Michael] Cazzari. We (the Town Board) all concurred with the chief that these officers deserve it. This is a special evening for them.”