Marine Corps veteran Mark Severance promoted to lieutenant in New Smyrna Beach PD

Photo for Headline Surfer / New Smyrna Beach Police Chief Mike Coffin and Mayor Jim Hathaway serve as bookends for newly-promoted Police Lt . Mark Severance, shown with his wife, Denise Severance, and their grandchildren, David and Georgia Severance at Tuesday's City Commission meeting. Looking on from the dais are City Commissioners Judy Reiker and Jason McGuirk.

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- In a feel-good story, Mark Severance was officially “pinned” by his wife during his promotional ceremony to Lieutenant of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department.

The event opened Tuesday night's City Commission meeting.

Severance is a New Smyrna Beach-area native graduating from high school here in 1981. He went on to a military career that spanned 24 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as a chief warrant officer 4 with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. After his military service, Severance returned to the area and began his second career here in the New Smyrna Beach Police Department in 2006. He has served in many roles here to include patrol officer, field training officer, SWAT, patrol and special operations sergeant, and now operations lieutenant.

Severance resides in greater New Smyrna Beach with his wife, Denise. Their sons and grandcildren live nearby.

"The members of the New Smyrna Beach Police Department wish to congratulate Lieutenant Mark Severance on his recent promotion and look forward to serving under his command," Police Chief Mike Coffin said in a prepared statement sent to Headline Surfer in annoiuncing Severance's promotion.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.