Just ten feet from the entrance to Room 202 at Kenosha City Hall, stands a beautiful Marine Corp display. Fitting for today, as just after 9:00am, a Marine was appointed to lead one of the largest police departments in the State of Wisconsin. This happened today at the City’s Police and Fire Commission meeting, where its members voted unanimously to appoint Patton to be the City’s top cop.
Patrick Patton (39) honorably served 8 years in the United States Marine Corp. He obtained the rank of Sergeant and received several distinguished service ribbons and medals, including:
Combat Action Ribbon
Global War on Terrorism
Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal
Navy Achievement Medal
After leaving the Marine Corps, Patton would attain his Bachelor’s degree from Carthage College, majoring in Criminal Justice, Sociology and Political Science. Patton then earned his Master’s degree in criminal justice administration from UW-Platteville.
In 2006, Patton was hired by the Kenosha Police department as a patrol officer. From then, he steadily climbed the ranks as his superiors saw a natural leader who was well-liked. He was promoted to Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and then Captain. Today, he achieved the highest rank at KPD- Police Chief.
During his years at KPD, he wanted to better himself as a leader and completed much training above and beyond what was expected. He attained certifications including: Leadership in Police Organization from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Supervision of Police Personnel from Northwestern University, and both Command Leadership Institute and Executive leadership Institute from the FBI.
Patton is married to his wife Danielle (Dani) and they have three daughters, who were all in attendance today, bringing with them, big smiles.
In attendance today, were dozens of Kenosha Police Officers who came to show their support. Former Police Chiefs John Morrissey, and Daniel Miskinis were in attendance as well. The two other final candidates for Police Chief, Captain James Beller and Lieutenant Aaron Dilhoff came to support their friend and colleague. Sheriff-Elect David Zoerner was at the meeting also, but had to leave before the conclusion of the reception due to his first command-staff meeting. Sheriff-Elect Zoerner says he and the Chief are scheduled to have coffee soon to begin their working relationship.
“Good for you, and good luck. It’s a challenge and an opportunity,” said retiring Chief, Eric Larsen. “We will have continual hiring of new officers for the next few years.” Larsen also pointed out the department’s youth. About 50% of the department, including trainees, have less than five years on the job.
With a life of service to his country and his community, the room of supporters all agree that Patton is up to the challenge and we at KCE offer our prayers and well-wishes to Chief Patton for a long, healthy, and successful second half of his career.