In a historic first, a woman will wear sergeant's stripes for the Medford Police Department.

In a historic first, a woman will wear sergeant's stripes for the Medford Police Department.

Kim Budreau, a 12-year Medford police veteran, was promoted to sergeant during a busy ceremony at the City Council chambers on Tuesday afternoon.

"It is an exciting time for us," Police Chief Randy Schoen said. "This is something we've been looking forward to for a long time."

Before working as a patrol officer, Budreau spent three years as a community service officer with the department.

She thanked her family and fellow police officers for helping her achieve the honor of being the department's first female police supervisor.

Her sergeant's shield was pinned on her by her husband, Mike Budreau, himself a sergeant with the department.

"It feels incredible," Budreau said of the promotion. "Adding diversity into the management level is a great thing. I'm looking forward to the new challenges."

Also at the ceremony, Randy Jewell, Patrick Dennis and Brittany Whitmire were sworn in a patrol officers.

As a sergeant, Budreau will oversee seven to eight patrol officers.

She praised other women working for the department.

"We have a lot of women in a lot of different positions who work hard," Budreau said.

"This is a great day for us because Kim got where she is on merit," Medford Police Deputy Chief Tim George said. "We don't look to promote based only on gender. We definitely look for the most qualified person."

In all, 13 women work on Medford's police force. Seven, counting Budreau, work street patrol, one is a motorcycle officer, one works in the Gang and Street Drug Unit and four toil in the detective bureau.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471, or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.