New Roswell Police Chief Al Solis is greeted by S.O.Y. Mariachi musicians during a fiesta held at S.O.Y. Mariachi, Friday evening. (Mark Wilson Photo)
New Roswell Police Chief Alfonso Solis was feted at a reception held by S.O.Y. Mariachi, 1120 S. Grand Avenue, sponsored by the Hispano Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m., Friday.
The new chief and his wife, Rosie, were treated to a mariachi band and fine food. Numerous government officials attended, including city and court officials, state and federal legislators.
Each spoke highly of Solisâ€™ qualifications for the job. Senator Tom Jennings said, â€œItâ€™s fantastic. Heâ€™s had many years in law enforcement as a marshal â€¦ and heâ€™s been working at the jail, so heâ€™s seen it from all sides.â€ He hoped that now the Hispanic community would not be afraid of the police. City Councilor Elena Velasquez, who works on the police committee, said that she was looking forward to working with him.
â€œWe are blessed to have found a man with such qualifications,â€ she said. â€œI believe he will be an asset to our police department.â€ In his opening statement, Mayor Del Jurney praised the S.O.Y. Mariachiâ€™s for the positive impact the group had had on the children of the community.
About the new chief, he said, â€œI anticipate great things â€¦ Weâ€™re here to recognize and weâ€™re here to celebrate â€¦. I know Al will work from his heart.â€ Solis then made a statement describing his first day on the job. â€œI really hit the floor running,â€ he said and he referred to it as a â€œbaptism by fireâ€ with a home invasion that occurred, Thursday night. â€œI had no doubt that the crime scene investigators knew their job, but I went to the crime scene,â€ Solis said.
â€œI wanted to console the victims. I have been the victim of a burglary and I know how it feels. It feels like you have been violated.â€ He expressed his compassion not only for the victims of crimes, but also for the police who face crises every day. â€œI understand their hardships,â€ Solis said. Freddie Romero also expressed his support. â€œHe worked with the Chaves County Commission on strategy, and he did a great job with the detention center,â€ he said. Solis said, â€œI am your public servant â€¦ but make no mistake, we are in the business of enforcing the law.â€ J.PALMER@ROSWELL-RECORD.COM