Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair, oreground, swears in new Deputy Police Chief Mike Ingram on Thursday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)
By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer
A bar of paper stars taped to his chest by his young son elicited laughter from a crowd of onlookers as Mike Ingram was named deputy chief of police during a promotion ceremony held Thursday afternoon at the Clovis Police Department.
Patrick Whitney was also promoted at the ceremony, rising from lieutenant to captain to fill Ingram’s vacated position.
“Both care about this department tremendously and they care about the community,” Chief of Police Dan Blair told the gathering of family, friends and colleagues.
Ingram has been with the department since 1982 and Whitney since 1996.
Whitney will serve as one of two captains in the department.
Strengthening community relations is a goal Ingram said he shares with the current police administration.
“We’ve all got family in this community, and we’re all on track with that,” he said.
Ingram and Whitney expressed eagerness to tackle the challenges of new responsibilities.
“My passion has always been police work,” Whitney said.
The deputy chief position had been vacant since Blair took over as chief of police at the end of September.