The Hoquiam Police Department has a new chief, Police Chief Jeff Myers introduced 12-year-old Evan from Montesano to the city council at their meeting last night before he was officially sworn in by Mayor Jasmine Dickhoff. “It’s my honor to present my replacement for at least a day. [I’m] very proud to introduce Evan Gentry, he will be our 2016 Chief for a Day.”

Myers said last night that in the wake of recent events, “It’s probably one of the toughest times for us in law enforcement today, in what’s going on and the perceptions across America.” Myers added, “It’s a shame, I guess, (if I could get on my soapbox for a moment) that the media doesn’t recognize some of the things like this that go on, when they’re so quick judge other things that go on in the streets.”

The department will join 32 others statewide that are sponsoring the Chief for a Day Program on Thursday, August 18th. Thirty children from around the state will be given a day that focuses on their dreams, not their illnesses.

As police officers lined the wall of the Hoquiam City Council chambers Monday night Myers added, “This is something we do because we care. This is something you see all the officers here today, the day shift and the graveyard officers here support our chief for a day because we care about this community and we care about people like Evan and his family, and what they’ve gone through. Chief for a Day is not only just for Evan, but it’s for his family and his siblings. The donations we receive, 100% of those donations go back to support him. As we know kids that have tough times, it’s also hard on the family and siblings and is part of what the whole program is designed to be.”

Evan has his new badge pinned to his chest by his mother.
Evan has his new badge pinned to his chest by his mother.

The Chief For a Day Program is provided by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and allows participants to become a part of some special children’s lives for a day. Myers said during our interview in May that you can help too, “Part of what we will be doing is a little bit of fundraising to make sure we can make it a great event for him and his family and we’ll have more information in the future.”

Evan and family after the meeting.
Evan and family after the meeting.

The event is organized every other year. Last time, Dylan Ellefson was the chief when someone anonymously donated four one-hundred dollar bills and four gold coins.

For details on the program, visit their facebook page at chiefforaday.com or find out how you can help the local department celebrate with Evan at cityofhoquiam.com