It takes a real leader to step up when called, said city manager David Torgler. Charles Kettle is such an individual. A member of the Delta Police Department, Kettle was asked to serve as interim police chief when Robert Thomas resigned. He filled that role from August 2015 until early January, when Luke Fedler was named police chief.
He was recognized for his service at the Jan. 17 Delta City Council meeting. "On behalf of the City of Delta, I want to say publicly how much your service in our time of need was greatly appreciated. You are a valuable member of our staff and one of its leaders," Torgler said.
He and Mayor Ed Sisson presented Kettle with a plaque in recognition of his commitment "while protecting and serving the community of Delta."
Police chief Luke Fedler said Kettle is currently serving a two-week rotation as commander for the police department. Jesse Cox served in that role for the first two weeks of January. He has now traded places with Kettle and is working patrol as the day shift patrol supervisor. At the end of the month, Chief Fedler said he will decide who will be named commander of the Delta Police Department on a full-time basis.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.