Hopewell police promote 3
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Oct 2, 2013, 11:53
CAITLIN DAVIS/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Newly promoted Lt. Rose Camacho gets help from her daughter Colby, 3, putting on her new badge during a ceremony Sept. 17.
HOPEWELL — It was a day that Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane said the three officers with the department would remember for years to come. And judging from the smiles that stretched from ear to ear with all three, that was not far from the truth.
On Sept. 17, three officers, Michael Whittington, Rose Camacho and Donald Reid, were promoted to new leadership positions within the Hopewell Police Department. Major Robert Skowron was pleased to be presiding over the ceremony alongside Keohane. He noted that the promotions that afternoon in council chambers were the eighth, ninth and 10th promotions within the department since Keohane joined the force in May of 2011.
“We’d gone several years without any promotions at all and now we’re up to 10,” Skowron said.
Keohane echoed the excitement and said it was not only a special day for the officers but for him as well.
“I believe the next important day in the career and a great day for a chief that enjoys promoting folks that do the hard work and work every day and are really a good, shining example of what we want to be here in the Hopewell Police Department,” Keohane said. “Following professionalism, integrity and justice as our three guiding principals and these three have all of them. I am promoting three great leaders here today.”
As each officer came up to receive their promotional certificate as well as their new badges, Keohane made sure to speak a few words about each officer, to share his thoughts on their time with the department.
Whittington was promoted to the rank of captain at the ceremony that afternoon. Keohane told those in attendance that Whittington, who has been with the department for 26 years, and this was his second promotion in the department in the past 18 months.
“I really rely on Mike and his knowledge over 26 years and it’s my honor to give him this promotion to captain,” Keohane said as Whittington’s family came up to pin his new badge on his uniform.
CAITLIN DAVIS/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT The family of newly promoted Captain Michael Whittington helps pin his new badge onto his uniform during the promotion ceremony on Sept. 17
The promotion ceremony also marked another historical day for the police department. It was the first time a woman in the department was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Camacho, who has been with the department 25 years, made history last year when she was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
It was history that Keohane did not know he was writing as he based her promotion on her work ethic, which he praised.
“She continues to be a hard worker, very dependable,” Keohane said. “I have put her in the most challenging position, I believe, in this police department and I’ve always said this is the most challenging position in any police department.”
Keohane continued, saying this is based on the many roles the sergeant has to play, such as knowing everything their investigators know as well as knowing everything that is going on in the streets in the city.
“Rose deserved this promotion. ... Now she will be serving as a watch commander and back in the uniform on the street,” Keohane said. With that, Camacho’s daughter, Colby, 3, used her tiny hands to help pin on Camacho’s new badge.
With six years in the department, Reid stepped up during the ceremony to receive his first promotion. Keohane said he was very proud of him.
“It’s based on his hard work, his work ethic and what he has done since I have been here and probably before I’ve been here,” Keohane said. “His work ethic is second to none and his involvement in the community is second to none.”
Reid’s family joined him at the front of the room to help pin on his badge and give out hugs and kisses.
Newly promoted Sgt. Donald Reid gets help from his family pinning his new badge onto his uniform.
As the newly promoted officers stood proudly at the front, with their new badges and certificates of promotion, Keohane said he was ready to see them step into their new roles.
“I expect you to be fair and consistent,” Keohane said. “I look forward to developing you all into great leaders.”