Jamie Mayberry

Jamie Mayberry of the Byrnes Mill Police Department recently got a promotion.

Mayberry, 44, of Festus has been promoted from sergeant to serve as both captain and assistant chief.

The promotion took effect Oct. 1 and comes with a pay raise – from $20 per hour to $24 per hour, Byrnes Mill Police Chief Frank T. Selvaggio said.

Selvaggio said the Byrnes Mill Police Department hasn’t had a captain or assistant chief since he took over the department in October 2018.

He said he chose Mayberry for the promotion because of his previous supervisory experience and because he is taking supervisor classes. Also, Selvaggio said he and Mayberry agree about how the department should move forward.

Mayberry has been with the Byrnes Mill Police Department for about five years and has more than 15 years of law enforcement experience.

He said it’s an honor to receive the promotion.

“I take a lot of pride in what I do,” Mayberry said, “We (the Byrnes Mill Police Department) just want to keep pushing forward to show the citizens of Jefferson County and Byrnes Mill that we are here to serve them in any way possible.”

This is not Mayberry’s first promotion at the department. In July 2019, Selvaggio promoted Mayberry to sergeant.

“I feel it’s better to promote from within than to go outside, if at all possible,” Selvaggio said.

The Byrnes Mill Police Department has eight full-time officers, one part-time officer and one reserve officer, Selvaggio said.

He also said he plans to hire another full-time officer in December when a recruit is expected to complete police academy training.