A packed house at the auditorium in Desert Hot Springs High School witnessed the change in command ceremony between beloved Chief Patrick Williams, who is moving to Petaluma to become Chief there, and Chief Kate Singer, promoted from rank of commander.
Speeches and awards were given Chief Williams by the DHS PD Officers Association, Mission Springs Water District Board, Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit, State Assemblyman Manuel Perez and the office of State Senator Bill Emmerson.
Conducting the badge pinning and oath of office was mayor Yvonne Parks. Detective Ken Perry was appointed as interim commander to fill the vacancy created by Kate Singer moving to chief.
Speakers also included City Manger Rick Daniels, Mayor Yvonne Parks, and both Chief Williams and Chief Singer. The invocation and benediction were given by Pastor Bruce Montgomery and Rev. Paul Miller (police chaplain) respectively.
A reception followed, with a surprisingly great food selections, no ‘Hot-Dogs’ that day!
For more great photos of the event by Bruce Montgomery; just click this link!
Mayor Parks and mayor pro tem Jan Pye, present Chief Williams a shadow box of memorabilia ~photo by DLNews
The Oath of Office given by Mayor Yvonne Parks to the New Chief Kate Singer ~photo by DLNews
Paul Miller (police chaplain) ~photo by DLnews
Eye to eye and a warm good-bye, Chief Williams and City-Councilman Russell Betts ~photo DLNews
Chief Singer with the beautiful children of DHP Police Officer Paiz. ~photo by Bruce Montgomery
Chief Williams and councilman Adam Sanchez ~photo by DLNews
City-council member Adam Sanchez talks to new Chief Kate Singer ~photo by DLNews
Change in Command the two chiefs smile as ceremony draws to a close ~photo by Bruce Montgomery
Change in Command New Police Chief Singer receives standing ovation ~photo by Bruce Montgomery
County Supervisor John Benoit speaks ~photo by Bruce Montgomery
City Manager Daniels welcomes the crowd ~photo by Bruce Montgomery
Chief Williams receives a standing ovation ~ photo by Bruce Montgomery
Chief Williams gets certificate of recognition from State Assemblyman Manny Perez ~photo by Bruce Montgomery
Chief Williams and his family ~photo by Bruce Montgomery
Chief Wiilliams holds up shadow box of memorabilia presented by Mayor Parks and mayor pro tem Jan Pye ~photo by Bruce Montgomery
Command Chief Singer kneels for badge pinning ~photo by Bruce Montgomery