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AZTEC — Several Aztec police officers have been recognized for promotions within the department.

Aztec Police Department Chief Mike Heal presented the officers with badges, which their wives pinned on their uniforms during a ceremony at the start of the Aztec City Commission meeting on Tuesday evening.

Heal said the officers had to pass tests and complete an interview process before being promoted.

Joe Gonzales, who was not able to attend the ceremony, was promoted to lieutenant. John Whalen was promoted to sergeant. Josh Simpson and John Welch were promoted to corporals.

At the ceremony, Aztec Mayor Sally Burbridge thanked the officers for their service.

"Our community depends on you every day," she said.

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