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2 deputies promoted to sergeant

Two Nevada County Sheriff's deputies were promoted, and a number of new hires recognized, during a ceremony at the Rood Center Monday morning.

Cook Dewayne Schilling and dispatchers Sina Ghaffarpour, Kelly Boyle and Lauren Eason were welcomed by Sheriff Keith Royal, as was Deputy Steve Stanley, who moved from reserve status to full-time employment.

Stanley graduated from Nevada Union High School and then attended school to become certified as a paramedic. He began his law enforcement career as a reserve deputy with Placer County in 1996, then began working for Nevada County in 2000.

He joined the special enforcement detail team as a paramedic and set up the first Tactical Medical Program for the regional EMS agency program.

"It just feels comfortable," Stanley said of his transition to full-time status. "Making this permanent just feels natural."

Deputies Justin Martin and Mike Walsh were promoted to sergeant, the promotion that Capt. Jeff Powell commented was the hardest to get.

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"Opportunity is the best word for it," said Undersheriff Joe Salivar. "The rest is up to you."

Martin began his law enforcement career with the Oroville Police department, and was hired by Nevada County in 2004. He has worked since then in patrol and in narcotics and as a field training officer.

Walsh worked at Grass Valley Police Department for four years, and has been working as a Sheriff's deputy for almost nine years. He has served as a detective in the major crimes unit and in the narcotics task force and has received the Officer of the Year award and the Bronze Star.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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