Almost 20 years to the day that he started working with the Frankfort Police Department, Chuck Adams stood before a crowd of officers Thursday and had his wife, Becky, pin the badge of "Chief" upon his chest.
"This has been a career dream of mine," he said afterward.
Earlier in the day, the city commission unanimously selected Adams to be the permanent leader of the FPD. He had held the interim position since February and rose above more than 50 other candidates to become the permanent FPD chief.
Mayor Bill May said the commission saw Adams' ability to advance community policing. With his time in Frankfort, Adams also brought to the table an established web of community communication.
"We have full confidence and trust in his ability to lead and continue moving the department forward while reducing crime in the city," May said.
During the swearing-in, Adams had his family, friends and a couple dozen officers in City Hall to witness the ceremony. Among those was Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire — a symbol, Adams said, of the two agencies' relationship in the future.
"We want a partnership, because we share the same problems," Adams said. "We need to work together if we want to move forward on those issues, because the two agencies didn't have a good relationship in the past."
Adams said the main issue facing Frankfort and Franklin County is drugs, and the two agencies could combine their resources to benefit residents.
“We’ll start with the narcotics investigations and see where we can work together,” Adams said.
Quire had been a captain in FPD before being elected sheriff last year. He served under Adams, who was a major in FPD under former Chief Travis Ellis — until Ellis’ abrupt retirement in February, when Adams became interim chief.
More than 50 candidates applied for the position of police chief, but Adams walked away as the commission’s choice.
“It’s a relief,” Adams said of being chosen as the city's top cop. “We can now move forward and start working with the commission and see how we can go forward.”