Sheriff Vance Hill announced the recent promotions of three deputies, who posed for a photo next to a patrol vehicle with a new paint scheme and markings.

Scott Bird, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 18 1/2 years, was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant. Bird will remain in charge of the criminal investigation division and will have additional administrative duties.

Pete Bastardo, a 23-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant and will remain in charge of the patrol division.

Joe Thomas, who has worked for the sheriff’s office for six years, was promoted from corporal to sergeant and is a first-line supervisor for patrol, Hill said.

“I’m proud of these three individuals,” Hill said. “They have extensive service in law enforcement and in their supervisory roles with this agency.

“They have led by example, ensuring the citizens of Brown County are protected and served by enforcing the laws of the state and the policies of my office.” 

The sheriff’s office’s newest vehicle — a Chevrolet Tahoe — is painted silver ice metallic instead of the traditional white, and bears a new style of markings from Willie’s T’s.

Existing sheriff's office vehicles will not be repainted or remarked, but future vehicles will have the new paint and markings, Hill said.

“I just thought it was time for a new look,” Hill said.