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Last updated: Thu. Jan. 09, 2014 - 06:21 am EDT

New city police chief welcomed at multicultural reception

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About 50 people gathered Wednesday night to welcome Garry Hamilton, Fort Wayne's new police chief at a reception hosted by the Rescue Mission.

Members from local organizations representing the multicultural communities of Fort Wayne were gathered to welcome the new chief. Mayor Tom Henry was there as were several City Councilmen, including Tom Didier, R-3rd, who sang the national anthem. Allen Superior Judge Wendy Davis gave the keynote address.

“Garry has his heels dug into this community,” Judge Wendy Davis, keynote speaker said to the gathering. Davis said Hamilton is the right leader for the diverse community Fort Wayne has become, and someone who knows people in every quadrant.

“I know he will strive to keep our neighborhoods safe,” Davis said.

Myo Myint, a political refugee from Myanmar also spoke and said having lived in Burma with a military régime, he knows the fear someone in uniform raises in most Burmese. Now, living in Fort Wayne and having volunteered as a translator in the Allen County legal system, his attitude has changed.

City Councilman Glynn A. Hines, D-6th, was the last speaker.

“He is the right person, at the right time in the right position here in Fort Wayne,” Hines said.

Hines stressed Hamilton is someone everyone in the community can trust, and he was a choice that Mayor Tom Henry had already been thinking about before he called Hines asking for his opinion in the matter.

“Ask not what Chief Hamilton can do for you, but ask Chief Hamilton “what I can do to help you?” Hines said, playing on the quote from President John F. Kennedy.

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