CRESTVIEW — Tony Taylor was sworn in Monday morning as the Hub City’s police chief during a ceremony at Warrior's Hall in the George Whitehurst Municipal building. Many uniformed officers were on hand to welcome their new chief, along with many of Taylor’s family members and former colleagues.
Mayor David Cadle opened the ceremony by addressing the officers.
"This is the beginning of a new era for this department," Cadle said. Following his comments, the police chaplain Mark Broadhead gave the opening prayer.
Taylor was then sworn in by Cadle to begin his first day as police chief. Taylor addressed his officers and assured them that he believed in teamwork.
"Let me put your minds at ease," he said. "I'm going to be a part of this department, not apart from this department. I want to get to know you all."
After Taylor's remarks, City Councilman Charles Baugh spoke on behalf of the city council and welcomed Taylor and his wife of seven years, Lilia.
"It is very fitting that we have this ceremony in the Warrior's Hall, because the officers are the warriors of our city," Baugh said.