HAVERHILL — Two veteran female police officers and lifelong city residents have broken the department’s glass ceiling to become the first permanent superior officers — fire or police — in Haverhill’s long history.
Doreen Champagne, 38, and Meaghan Buckely, 36, were given their sergeants stripes Tuesday in a ceremony in Mayor James Fiorentini’s office that also included the promotion of patrolman John Spero to acting sergeant.
Champagne was appointed acting sergeant in March 2013 and already has been performing the duties of the position, which primarily includes overseeing patrolmen during her shift.
“As acting sergeants, they have proven themselves worthy of these promotions,” police Chief Alan DeNaro said of Champagne and Buckley.
A 1994 graduate of St. Mary High School in Lawrence, Champagne joined the Haverhill Police Department in 2004. She is the only officer in the department with a law degree.
“I hope to continue to serve the city well,” Champagne said after being sworn into her new rank by City Clerk Linda Koutoulas.
Buckley has been an acting sergeant for several months and oversees detectives when she is working. She has been out of work for several weeks, recovering from a non-work-related injury, but said she plans to soon return to her job.
Buckley has been a Haverhill officer for 10 years. Her father pinned her official sergeants stripes on her uniform during Tuesday’s ceremony, which was attended by an overflow crowd of friends and family of the three officers.
Spero, 44, has been a member of the Haverhill force for 20 years. A lifelong Haverhill resident, his father, Joseph, is a retired Haverhill officer.