The City of Kenosha Police and Fire Commission today announced that Captain Patrick Patton will be the City’s new Police Chief starting January 1, 2023. Patton was hired about 16 years ago and has held all common ranks within the department since his hire on January 3, 2006. Patton was one of three internal candidates that made it to the final interview. The other two applicants considered today were Captain James Beller and Lieutenant Arron Dilhoff.
“I am very excited to be given the opportunity to lead the Kenosha Police Department. I am humbled to have been considered with other highly qualified leaders like Captain Beller and Lieutenant Dillhoff. I think it speaks to the quality of leadership and direction within the KPD. I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Kenosha with compassion, dedication, and integrity within my new role,” said Patton to KCE Monday evening.
Law Enforcement Community Reacts To The News
“I’m excited,” said retiring Police Chief Eric Larsen, “I’m happy that the three final candidates were all current members. I’m confident he will be a great leader for the department. It is a young agency with a lot of community engagement and new technology. Patton will bring his leadership skills to KPD.”
Kenosha Professional Police Association President, and KPD Detective Pete Deates, had the following to say about Patton’s promotion:
“The PFC picked a very respected member of the department. Capt. Patton has served in the United States Marine Corp and is a combat veteran. He has worked his way up through the ranks and his leadership skills have not gone unnoticed. Obviously the PFC recognized his character and leadership abilities as they chose him over two other very qualified internal applicants.”
KCE reached out to both candidates for Sheriff, asking for their thoughts of the commission’s pick. Sergeant Zoerner was happy with the commission’s decision saying:
“Pat Patton is a consistent performer and an exceptional example to his department. I recently had the opportunity to attend an FBI training with Captain Patton and I got to know him quite well. I am enthusiastic at the prospect of working with Captain Patton as the new Chief of the Kenosha Police Department. I believe his selection to Chief will be a very good thing for Kenosha. As a fellow Marine, I know that he has been instilled with some of the same values I have.”
Neighboring Police Chief, Dave Smetana of the Pleasant Prairie Police Chief also had kind words for Patton:
“I know Captain Patton as a proven leader who is well respected not only by the officers he serves but by the community as well.
I look forward to continuing the great working relationship that has been established between the Pleasant Prairie Police Department and the Kenosha Police Department.”
KCE spoke to many Kenosha Police officers privately who all said the same thing before the final choice was made – any of the three would make a great chief. If you want to congratulate Pat, send him an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.