EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Police finally officially have a new Chief after the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, May 2.
Chief Chris Skinner was sworn in in front of a crowd of police officers, city officials, first responders, and community members who felt comfortable with his abilities. The oath was read by City of Eugene Municipal Court Presiding Judge Wayne Allen, and his badge was presented by his wife, Kari, and his two children, Jackson and Kendall.
Community members said they came to the swearing in because they feel an effective chief is important to their happiness as a city. They said they feel confident in his experience and his willingness to serve the people.
"He cares about people, and that's very important. And, as I said, we have some challenges in Eugene, and you need to understand the people that you're working with," said Michael DeLuise, Chair of the Downtown Neighborhood Association.
Skinner said in a lot of senses, police forces can be like a monopoly. If you’re unhappy with the service you’re getting with your police force, it’s not like you can just call a different one. He said because of that, it’s so important that law officers work every day like they have to earn their customers.
"I really, really believe that the relationship we have with our community and the trust we have with our community is deeply rooted in the emotions, and what is the emotional feel that our community has about our police department. All of those emotions start from experiences," said Chief Skinner.