Michael Eves sworn in as North Wales Po­lice Chief

Long­time Chel­tenham of­fi­cer takes over du­ties

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan Sokil dsokil@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Dan­sokil on Twit­ter

NORTH WALES >> The new­est North Wales po­lice chief is now on the job, and grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.

“I just want to thank coun­cil for the op­por­tu­nity to serve,” Po­lice Chief Michael Eves said.

Eves was cho­sen to be the bor­ough’s next full time chief in late Septem­ber fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of prior Chief Don Fantry in May.

“Over the past five years, we have re­ally been work­ing to make sure that the po­lice de­part­ment does not stay in a mode of sta­tus quo. The past two chiefs have raised the bar, each one,” said Mayor Greg D’An­gelo.

“Now we have Mike, who’s go-

ing to raise it even higher — es­pe­cially since he’s taller than the other two,” he said.

Eves brings to North Wales 27 years of ex­pe­ri­ence with the Chel­tenham Po­lice De­part­ment, most re­cently as a de­tec­tive sergeant and un­der three dif­fer­ent chiefs.

“The nice thing there is that he’s had an op­por­tu­nity to see all dif­fer­ent styles, and now he’ll be bring­ing it all to­gether into his own style,” D’An­gelo said.

Eves also served as Chel­tenham’s ac­cred­i­ta­tion of­fi­cer, en­sur­ing the de­part­ment met and com­plied with the ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­gram over­seen by the Penn­syl­va­nia Chiefs of Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion — a qual­i­fi­ca­tion which D’An­gelo said should not go un­no­ticed.

“That is not an easy task. Oth­ers have tried, and they have failed. It doesn’t hap­pen overnight. It’s a long, gru­el­ing process,” D’An­gelo said.

“Then you’ve got to re­cer­tify it ev­ery few years, so that im­pressed me too,” he said.

Eves swore his oath as his son Ai­dan held a Bible, and thanked the friends, fam­ily, and former and cur­rent col­leagues who showed their sup­port, in­clud­ing chiefs and of­fi­cers from the Lans­dale, Hat­field, Spring­field Town­ship, Up­per Gwynedd, Towa­mencin, Up­per Dublin and Chel­tenham de­part­ments.

D’An­gelo also thanked each, and said his hopes are high for the de­part­ment’s new leader, who was the guest of honor in a re­cep­tion fol­low­ing the Oct. 9 coun­cil meet­ing.

Af­ter the meet­ing and cer­e­mony con­cluded, Eves was the main at­trac­tion dur­ing a re­cep­tion in the up­per floor of the bor­ough mu­nic­i­pal build­ing, where he re­ceived con­grat­u­la­tions and viewed pho­tos of prior chiefs Ed­ward and Ken­neth Veit and H.W. Turner, and heard sto­ries of each from long­time res­i­dent Herb Sch­legel.

“They say that when you take on a new po­si­tion, you go to a new em­ployer, you bring all of your ex­pe­ri­ence and all of your knowl­edge, and you leave your mis­takes be­hind,” said D’An­gelo.

“My un­der­stand­ing is that there were very few mis­takes left be­hind, and he’s brought a lot to us,” he said.

PHO­TOS BY DAN SOKIL — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

New North Wales Po­lice Chief Michael Eves, right, is sworn in by bor­ough Mayor Greg D’An­gelo as his son Ai­dan holds a Bible dur­ing coun­cil’s Oct. 9 meet­ing.

New North Wales Po­lice Chief Michael Eves poses next to a photo dis­play of prior bor­ough po­lice chiefs af­ter Eves was sworn in dur­ing coun­cil’s Oct. 9 meet­ing.

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