Michael Eves sworn in as North Wales Police Chief
Longtime Cheltenham officer takes over duties
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.
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.