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SEPTA Promotes Two New Police Sergeants; First Such Appointments In Five Years

Andrew Busch
SEPTA Press Officer

It's been a half-decade in the making, but well worth the wait.

SEPTA has promoted two long-time members of the Transit Police Department to the rank of sergeant. Sgt. James Zuggi, a 14-year veteran, and Sgt. Brian Schwenger, who has been on the force for 10 years, moved into their new roles shortly after the start of the new year.

Their appointments marked the first time in five years new sergeants have been promoted within the Transit Police Department.

Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel said the timing was right to move Zuggi and Schwenger up. He said both officers possess the talents and skills needed to take on these new roles.
"Anyone can be a sergeant, but only a select few can become leaders," Nestel said. "Jim Zuggi and Brian Schwenger will be leaders. They will motivate and guide our great police officers. These two men are valued members of our department, and it's truly an honor to have the opportunity to promote such quality individuals."

Zuggi and Schwenger said they are ready to take on the challenge of being police sergeants. Zuggi will work in Zone Four, and Schwenger in Zone Six.

"I'm looking forward to it," Zuggi said. "This is an opportunity to take on a leadership role, and work with my team members on the police force to help keep the SEPTA system safe."

"I'm very excited," Schwenger said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with my fellow officers in a leadership role."

Nestel described the critical role sergeants play in the SEPTA Transit Police Department.

"The sergeant is the lynchpin to this department's success," Nestel said. "They are the motivators who encourage people to excel. They are the model that displays the work ethic, appearance and attitude that will be reflected by every officer that stands roll call each day."

Nestel expects Zuggi and Schwenger to thrive in their new roles.

"The position of police sergeant is very rewarding," Nestel said. "No other rank has as much opportunity to mold, influence, assist and mentor the backbone of our department."

Nestel added: "I am really looking forward to working with these men, and am eager to see their successes."

From left: Sgt. Brian Schwenger, Police Chief Thomas Nestel and Sgt. James Zuggi.

Nestel leads Zuggi and Schwenger into a ceremony where they were officially appointed as new sergeants.

Nestel speaks during the ceremony.

The sergeants get a round of applause.

Fellow members of the SEPTA Transit Police Department stand at attention.