It’s not uncommon to see members of the McKinney Police Department at a McKinney city council meeting. There’s always at least one uniformed officer there to serve as security. Chief Joe Williams is always there. Assistant Chiefs of Police Joe Ellenburg and Randy Roland are usually there as well.
Tuesday’s city council meeting was not a common meeting. At Tuesday’s council meeting, at least 40 police officers and police personnel, in uniform and out of uniform, came to express their collective support for Chief Williams.
Jose Quiles and Daniel Malenfant represented them and spoke to the council on their behalf. Quiles is the president of the McKinney Police Association. Malenfant is the president of the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #107. During the opening citizen comments section of the meeting, both men addressed the council and stated that each organization had recently undertaken a vote to determine each organization’s confidence in Chief Williams.
Both men said that their members have issued a vote of confidence and support for Chief Williams.
“Chief Williams has shown that he is qualified to take this department forward,” Quiles said. “We wish Chief Williams continued success.”
Malenfant echoed that statement and said that his members also support Chief Williams. “We are confident in the leadership of Chief Williams,” Malenfant said. “We have made our selection.”
After Quiles and Malenfant expressed their respective organizations’ support, Mayor Pro Tem Travis Ussery (who was conducting the meeting due to Mayor Brian Loughmiller’s absence) handed the floor over to Chief Williams to address the citizens of McKinney directly.
“To the citizens of McKinney and the men and women of the McKinney Police Department, for a year and a half controversy has swirled around this department,” Chief Williams said. “I would like to say now, that considering the words of these organizations, this controversy is now over. These officers do extraordinary work each and every day and its time we tell that story. We are servants of the public. I am extremely honored to be a part of this team.”
Later, several members of the council addressed the votes of confidence for Chief Williams, too. “I was not surprised by the votes of support for you,” Councilwoman Geralyn Kever said. Councilman Roger Harris thanked all of the members of the police department for getting involved and showing their support for Chief Williams.
Councilman Randy Pogue offered his congratulations on the vote of confidence and Councilman Don Day said, “I’m proud of our police chief.”
Ussery also offered his congratulations on Williams’ approval from “the troops.”