New Palatine police chief, others receive badges reflecting promotions
New Palatine Police Chief David Daigle and three others from the department received badges reflecting their promotions in a village hall ceremony this week.
Daigle earlier this month became chief, replacing the now retired Alan Stoeckel. Daigle's wife, Maria, pinned his chief's badge on him as their four children watched nearby in the packed village council chambers.
He spoke briefly after receiving the upgraded badge.
Daigle, who moved up from deputy chief and has had a plethora of duties since joining the Palatine force in 1993, first thanked Mayor Jim Schwantz, Village Manager Reid Ottesen and the village council for their confidence in his ability to lead the department. He also expressed appreciation to his family and friends for their support.
"And to the men and women of the Palatine Police Department, both past and present, it has been my honor to serve with you," he said.
"I'm proud of each and every one of you and humbled to represent you as chief. I take great pride in this department. I'm excited to see where we're going to go in the future."
Also getting pinned with new badges at the ceremony were Cmdr. Jason Watson, Cmdr. Bryce Baker and Sgt. Josh Hester. Other recent promotions include Deputy Police Chief William Nord and Sgt. Marty McCarthy.
Cmdr. Craig Lesselyoung's recent retirement, combined with Stoeckel's, led to the promotions, officials said.