Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tonight's Promotion Ceremony
Tonight will be a memorable event, one that every police chief looks forward to…a badge ceremony. The Department is honoring 17 men and women who were promoted by the Board of Police Commissioners earlier this month. A new Assistant Chief, five Majors, one Captain, two Lieutenants, and eight Sergeants will be honored.
Promotion ceremonies are always an exciting time for the Department. Our new leaders will be officially recognized and receive their new badgesin the presence of fellow employees, citizens, friends and most importantly family. These officers have made great contributions to our Department and our community. Their families have had to sacrifice because their loved ones were called to duty, putting their lives on the line to ensure our safety.
Each was selected after a rigorous testing process, in which they displayed a strong desire to improve the community and the Department. What is most important now is their commitment to leading the Department into the future.
Some of those being honored are tenured veterans with years of experience, taking the next upward step in their careers. Others are being promoted to supervisors for the very first time. Though their years of service may vary, each officer is entering a new phase in their career, and all will play an important role in shaping the future of the department.
Tonight I will stand with my fellow officers. From the rank of Chief to Sergeant, we each now have greater responsibility and expectations. I have nothing but confidence in those being honored. We have much work to do and I know we will strive to make this department great. I am proud of each of them and offer my most heartfelt congratulations.