Two Brownwood police officers received promotions Tuesday during an afternoon ceremony at the Law Enforcement Center.   

Troy Carroll was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant and Jesse Mares from Corporal to Sergeant during the ceremony, which was attended by the officers’ families, several Brownwood elected officials and other local law enforcement officers. Brownwood police chief Terry Nichols said the event was a chance to celebrate and recognize “the current and future leaders of our organization.”   

Carroll has served in law enforcement since 1995. A Brownwood High graduate, Carroll attended Texas Tech and the Tarleton State University Law Enforcement Academy. He served in the Rising Star PD and the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Brownwood PD. “Troy is a true leader in our community,” Nichols said. “I’ve found no one in this community who does not know and love Troy Carroll.”   

Mares is also a Brownwood High graduate. He graduated from the police academy in 2010 and served in the Cisco PD before joining the Brownwood force in 2011. He was promoted to Corporal in May 2016 and named the department’s 2016 Officer of the Year.   

“Jesse has numerous letters in his personnel file from citizens and supervisors praising his work and work ethic,” Nichols said. “As a testament to his hard work and tenacity, he was quickly promoted through the agency.”   

Nichols said the promotion process involved a test and an interview board comprised of local citizens. After Nichols introduced them, the officers’ wives pinned on their new badges and they were sworn in by city secretary Christy Wynn.