Belleview police chief promotes Christina Esquivel to sergeant: Good news in Ocala/Marion

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The Belleview police chief has promoted Christina Esquivel to sergeant.

Esquivel takes over from retired Sgt. Ray Dwyer, who's now a Belleview city commissioner. The new sergeant will now be in charge of Dwyer's squad.

In a recent interview with a Star-Banner reporter, Esquivel said she took the written test on April 5 and the oral exam on April 6. The announcement of her promotion was made on April 6, she said.

"I'm very excited and honored to be selected," Esquivel said.

The 26-year-old officially assumed her new position on April 13. Esquivel has been with the BPD since August 2015.

Sgt. Christina Esquivel of the Belleview Police Department
Sgt. Christina Esquivel of the Belleview Police Department

Originally from Illinois, Esquivel came to the Belleview/Summerfield area when she was 8.

Later, she decided she wanted to be a law enforcement officer and attended the College of Central Florida. While in school, she heard that the BPD was hiring and submitted her application.

Esquivel said she plans to remain at the BPD and hopefully one day become a lieutenant, then police chief at the agency.

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