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Doug Marcus began his career in law enforcement in 1991.
Well, sort of. Fresh out of high school, he took a job as a security guard at the North Shore Mall.
But the desire to work in law enforcement was with him long before that, and while strolling the mall on the lookout for shoplifters and rowdy youths he dreamed of becoming a police officer.
"Since I was a little kid...there was just something in me that told me that this is what I wanted to do," Marcus said. "I just felt like I had that calling, that's what my life was going to be."
Now, nearly 16 years after becoming a dispatcher with the Peabody Police Department, and more than a decade after becoming a patrolman in 2001, he is in a position he never imagined he would be, sworn in with fellow patrolman David Bonfanti as one of the city's newest police sergeants in front friends, family and public safety officials during a ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
"Being an officer was a dream back then," Marcus said of his early days upholding the law. "Being a sergeant now is something that definitely is something I never thought I would accomplish. But here we are."
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"I'm very happy to be here today, I feel very fortunate," Mayor Ted Bettencourt said. "I've said this before and I'll say it again. Coming into office certainly things were coming at me fast and furious...but I really felt very positive and very strong that I had an excellent police department.
"I'm honored to be here today to promote Douglas Marcus and David Bonfanti. Both officers have distinguished themselves and have fully earned this promotion, and I'm very happy and honored to be the one to extend that today and have them go forward as sergeants with the Peabody Police Department."
Bonfanti's name is well known around the Tanner City. His father, Michael, was Bettencourt's direct predecessor, leading the city as mayor for 10 years.
Bonfanti became a dispatcher in 1997, and a firefighter in 2002, before becoming a patrolman in 2005. He looks forward to his new role, but the expectations he has for himself and the rest of the department remain the same as always.
"I just expect everybody to do their job like they were trained to do," he said. "Serve the community, and make the city of Peabody better than it already is."