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.

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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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