Oak Bluffs police officer Steven Conley was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on Tuesday, July 5, with a ceremony at the Oak Bluffs Police Station. Officer Conley has worked for the department for just over five years.

The promotional process included a written examination, physical agility testing, psychometric and psychological exams, and an interview with the town police chief, Erik Blake.

Chief Blake said, “Sergeant Conley surpassed all my expectations ... I believe he will be a respected and trusted leader for members of the department as well as members of the community as a whole.”

Prior to joining the force, Sergeant Conley served in the United States Army from 1999 to 2007. During his service with the Army he achieved the rank of Sergeant and was deployed to Iraq and Bosnia. His military awards include the Army Commendation Medal of Valor, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

Sergeant Conley graduated from the 20th MPOC Academy in 2008 and received the Staff Instructor Award, the most prestigious award given at a police academy graduation.

Sergeant Conley currently serves as the training officer for the regional tactical response team and as the assistant emergency management director for the town of Oak Bluffs.

Sergeant Conley lives in Oak Bluffs with his wife, Kelly, and his three children, Aiden, Liam and Avery.