Methuen Honors, Promotes Three Police Officers at Ceremony

From left to right, Mayor Stephen N. Zanni, Sgt. Scott Lever, Capt. Gregory Gallant, Lt. Christian Max and Chief Joseph E. Solomon gathered in Sanborn Hall for the promotion ceremony. (Photograph courtesy of the Methuen Police Department.)

Three Methuen police officers were honored and formally granted promotions during a ceremony this week.

Capt. Gregory Gallant, Lt. Christian Max and Sgt. Scott Lever have a combined 67 years of experience serving the community.

“The three men being promoted are not only good officers who have risen in ranks, but they’ve also been good friends of mine,” Mayor Stephen N. Zanni said at the ceremony. “These individuals have served the police department in a number of ways and the new duties they are about to take on will allow them to guide the department in different areas and move our community forward. I congratulate all three and look forward to their work in future years to come.”

Gallant, a Methuen native and graduate of Franklin Pierce University, joined Methuen police in 1993. He has previously served as a patrol officer, community policing officer, school resource supervisor, patrol platoon commander and the Massachusetts Regional Response Team Platoon commander. His training includes SWAT tactics, hostage negotiation, emergency incident command and active shooter instruction. As captain, Gallant will be assigned as the Support Services Bureau commander.

Lever, also a native of Methuen, was appointed as a reserve police officer during May,1993, and was promoted to full time the following year. He has worked in the patrol, community outreach and traffic divisions, and has contributed to the marine and motorcycle units. His experience also includes field training and first responder training. Lever is currently assigned as the day shift patrol supervisor.

Max joined the Methuen Police Department in 1998 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2005. As sergeant, he worked in the patrol division, community policing, drug and gang unit and most recently ran the training division. He continues to assist in the training of officers at recruit and veteran officer level.

“What really struck us about these three individuals was not just their service to Methuen, as each one has served in a multifaceted position, but their strong family ties. These officers have extended themselves, usually at the detriment of their families,” said Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon. “I want to thank the family members for sharing them with us. Now it’s our chance to give something back to them and something back to the family by recognizing them.”