The promotions of two Milton police officers were approved by selectmen Wednesday: Sergeant Thomas Wilson will become a lieutenant, and Detective Kristen Clifford will become a sergeant.
Both came with a strong recommendation from their chief, Richard Wells, who told selectmen the officers had passed their respective officers’ exams at the tops of their classes.
“I want to say about the two of them they have humility,” Wells said Wednesday. “People don’t realize how humble they have been.”
Wilson had been with the department for 18 years and Clifford for 13. They answered questions of selectmen, speaking about their experience and their thoughts about their new positions.
Both said communication skills would be most important as they ascended to their new posts.
Selectman Denis Keohane said he had met Wilson for the first time two weeks earlier when a road was blocked off, and was impressed.
“If this is the face of Milton, then we are in good hands,” Keohane said Wednesday.
Selectman Robert Sweeney said he was particularly impressed with Clifford, as she was able to apprehend a person who had been vandalizing Sweeney’s neighborhood.
Clifford and Wilson will take their new positions on July 1, when Deputy Chief Charles Paris will retire.