PORT ST. LUCIE - Two veteran Port St. Lucie Police Department employees were promoted last week to assistant police chief, according to a press release.
They were Acting Assistant Police Chief William B. Vega Jr., who was assigned the position on permanent basis and Richard R. Del Toro Jr., who was promoted from lieutenant.
The promotions came not long after Assistant Police Chief John Bolduc was promoted to police chief.
According to the press release:
Assistant Chief Vega, 39, born in New York, moved to Port St. Lucie in 1996 and began working that year with the Port St. Lucie Police Department.
During his career with the department, he was on the SWAT team, a road patrol officer and then became a detective.
In 2002, he became sergeant and supervised the K-9 unit and the SWAT team.
Four years later, he became lieutenant and was commander for the road patrol. Later, he became commander of the special investigation unit.
Assistant Chief Del Toro, 35, moved to Port St. Lucie and in 1996 and started his career with the department in 1999.
During that time, he served on the SWAT team and worked as a community policing officer, a detective and a road patrol officer.
He was promoted to sergeant in 2006 and supervised the SWAT team, road patrol, community oriented policing and then became an internal affairs sergeant.
Promoted to lieutenant in 2009, he became road patrol commander and later SWAT team commander and commander of the professional standards division, which includes internal affairs, training, recruiting and accreditation.