Chilmark police Det. Sean Slavin was promoted to sergeant by the town selectmen this week, on the recommendation of police chief Jonathan Klaren.

Mr. Klaren, who is the former sergeant, was named police chief last month. The town advertised the sergeant vacancy and interviewed Mr. Slavin with a committee that included selectman Warren Doty and Chief Klaren.

“I put a lot of time into this decision, I was a sergeant, held this position for over 13 years,” the chief told the selectmen at their meeting Tuesday. “I looked at qualities I thought would be important and I looked at who has these qualities as far as leadership and supervisory, but then also on the other side there’s the ability to be second in command, my right hand man, my confidant of the police department. Kept coming back to one detective, Sean Slavin.”

Mr. Slavin has been a full time member of the Chilmark force for more than eight years. He has also served in West Tisbury and Aquinnah.

“We’re friends — we’re not best friends — I’m not making this recommendation as a favor to a buddy, I’m making this recommendation because I truly believe it is the right decision, he has the qualities I believe are important to fill this position,” Chief Klaren said.

Selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Slavin.

In other business, selectmen reviewed draft cemetery regulations that include provisions for green burials — defined as burials where the deceased has not been embalmed and is buried in a shroud without a casket. A public hearing on the draft regulations will be held on Friday.

The parks and recreation committee submitted revised lease agreements and rules and regulations for the Menemsha bulkhead. The regulations have been unchanged since the 1970s, committee chairman Andy Goldman said.

A public hearing was held previously on the new rules.

Selectmen approved the regulations unanimously.