NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city has a few new high-ranking police officers.

New Brunswick promoted five cops to the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant last week in a ceremony at City Hall. The officers took the oath of office alongside Mayor Jim Cahill and their friends and family members.

“With these promotions, these men take their places in their new leadership ranks to help the department grow stronger, more effective and better positioned to make our community even safer,” Cahill said in a statement to TAPinto New Brunswick.

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Two of the officers went from sergeant to lieutenant.

Lts. Samuel Hillyer, a 23-year patrol veteran, and Richard Herbst, a 21-year patrol veteran, now earn a base salary of $134,539 per year, according to the city. As sergeants, their annual salary was $119,209.

The round of promotions also brought three fresh faces to the New Brunswick Police Department’s leadership team.

Sgts. Dominick Calogero, Thierry Lemmerling and John Yurkovic Jr. now take home an annual base salary of $119,209. Before the step forward, each of them made $103,839 per year, according to the city.

Yurkovic began working with the department’s patrol division in January 2003.

Calogero and Lemmerling joined the department in April 2007. Calogero works in patrol, while Lemmerling serves in the major crimes unit.

The promotions fill “retiree and vacant positions,” city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw said in an email. While the new sergeants will fill voids left by the lieutenant promotions, they aren’t directly replacing the officers, as each man has different assignments, she said.

“Our city deserves nothing but the best, and it is because of our police department’s drive for excellence, as well as the caliber of the officers that serve our city that the New Brunswick Police Department is able to serve and protect New Brunswick in the outstanding manner that it does today,” Cahill said in his statement.