Grades above captain are generally by appointment of the chief or sheriff. In addition, there must be vacancies for a higher rank.
What rank is higher than captain?
U.S. Military RanksPay GradeArmy and Marine CorpsNavy and Coast Guard 10-2First LieutenantLieutenant Junior Grade0-3CaptainLieutenant0-4MajorLieutenant Commander0-5Lieutenant ColonelCommander26 more rows
Is captain or Chief higher?
In some metropolitan departments, the rank of police captain is the highest rank achieved by Civil Service promotion. Ranks above captain may be appointed by the chief of police. Above police captain, some departments may have police majors and police colonels.
What is above a captain?
In the U.S. Navy a commodore is ranked above a captain and below a rear admiral; the designation has usually been used only in wartime. Outside the navies, the master of any vessel is addressed as captain, and the term is usually applied as a courtesy to marine pilots.