Thanks for your insight, Jamie!
Very interesting. You are right that the promotion is being talked about! My husband is aware that there has been heated discussion about the possible candidates. I'm not sure what could be shady about it, though. It seems like a pretty straight forward promotion -- but definitely something to think about. My husband did have a fear that the location of the promotion may close soon due to a new location opening this summer (where the possible lateral move is). We would definitely be disappointed if he stayed where he is right now, but he works for a fantastic company and really loves it! However, we've definitely discussed moving if he doesn't get the promotion or transfer. But I have no clue what he would do if he didn't work for them any more!