Roswell’s new Police Chief Phil Smith was sworn in to his office by Magistrate Court Judge K.C. Rogers. (Jessica Palmer Photo)
Local law enforcement and area dignitaries gathered at the Roswell Police Department, Friday morning, to welcome the new chief of police, Phil Smith, during his formal swearing-in ceremony. Magistrate Court Judge K.C. Rogers issued the oath of office.
Mayor Del Jurney praised the police department as a whole during his opening statements.
“I want you to know what a talented bunch of people we have here, people who are dedicated, committed and loyal to what they do. We don’t say that nearly enough.”
City Administrator Larry Fry referred to Smith’s installment as a big day for the city.
He noted how important leadership is to the police department, but he concurred with the mayor about the caliber of command structure, officers and staff when he said, “The success of law enforcement depends on all the men and women of the police department.”
After the ceremony, Fry acknowledged his appreciation of the leadership of former police Chief Al Solis.
Chief Phil Smith kept his comments brief, emphasizing the RPD’s commitment to the quality of life for Roswell’s citizens.
He reiterated his vow to be “fair and consistent” in his management of the department.
Sheriff Rob Coon said that the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office was looking forward to working with Smith and the police department.
Coon complimented the chief. “He is a good quality person.”
New Mexico State Police Capt. Dina Orozco added her commendation to those made by other members of law enforcement and city officials.
“I’ve been working with him (Smith) for two years. I think he has a lot of good ideas and has done good things for the department already.”