It was a short ceremony, but Police Chief Gary MacNamara said the brevity of Monday's promotional ceremony was not a measure of its significance.

"The brevity of it doesn't make it any less important," MacNamara said just before Sgt. Robert Kalamaras was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and Officer Jeremy Zdru to sergeant.

MacNamara told the pair they weren't being promoted because of what they've done in the past, but rather what they will accomplish in the future in new leadership roles. "You are getting these promotions for the great work you will do," he said.

Kalamaras and Zdru both joined the Police Department in 2000.

For 10 years, Kalamara served as a patrol officer, with assignments to motorcycle, crash investigation, emergency services, the dive team and traffic enforcement divisions. He was promoted to sergeant in 2010 and assigned to the patrol division, and in 2011 he was assigned to the special services division. Kalamaras was named an acting lieutenant in January of this year and assigned to the patrol division.

"I'm looking forward to the new position and welcome the challenges that come with it," Kalamaras said.

Since he graduated from the Police Academy, Zdru has worked in the patrol division. A four-time recipient of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving award for his work enforcing drunk driving laws, Zdru was chosen to attend the Fairfield County Detective Conference School, and finished at the top of the class. Zdru is a certified field training officer.

When not on the job, Zdru coaches football in Shelton and baseball in Stratford.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau, who addressed the audience and issued the oath to Kalamaras and Zdru, said part of what makes Fairfield a special community is that its police officers engage with the residents. For example, he said, this year the police union paid for, and served, lunch to members of the Senior Center. And more recently, the seniors sponsored a lunch for town's first responders to thank them for their service.

"That's one of the differences in Fairfield," Tetreau said. "That's one of the things that make our community so special."