To a standing ovation and cheers from family, friends and co-workers, Sergeant Mark Buckley -- one of the most affable and respected Members of the New Milford Police Department -- was promoted today to the rank of Lieutenant. Presiding over the well-attended proceeding was Chief Colin D. "Mac" McCormack who explained that Lieutenant Buckley was his first appointment and is likely to be his last, now that he has retired and is working for the Town on a per diem basis. Attendees included some State Troopers, one of whom is rumored to be a candidate for the Chief's job. Members of the NMPD and Town officials were mum about the rumor but there sure was a lot of very positive excitement about one particular prospect who may have graciously attended the festivities. "If this is the guy," one seasoned Member of the Force said, "It's a home run...the man is dialed-in and we're all extremely excited." "There's a buzz in the building," said another who was equally excited.