BATH, Maine — Detective Sgt. Robert Savary has been promoted to lieutenant at the Bath Police Department, Chief Michael Field said Monday.

Savary will now fill the position left vacant when former Lt. Stan Cielinski retired in March.

In his 20th year with the department, Savary started as a patrol officer and was promoted through the ranks, currently leading the Criminal Investigation Division as detective sergeant.

“He’s very well-respected among his peers here in the department and very well-respected in the community too,” Field said.

Savary is originally from northern Maine and grew up in New Hampshire. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in criminology from the University of Southern Maine. He coaches youth sports and is a fitness instructor.

“I’m pretty excited,” he said Monday. “The guys who have been in that position before me are really sharp guys, so it’s tough shoes to fill. [Chief] Mike Field was one of them, [Sagadahoc County Sheriff] Joel Merry before him and then Stan [Cielinski]. The bar is set pretty high. Hopefully we can continue that.”

The department will hold a ceremony to officially promote Savary on Thursday.