ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando's new Chief of Police was officially sworn in during a "Change of Command" ceremony on Wednesday.
Chief Eric Smith is replacing former Chief Orlando Rolón who spent more than 30 years in the department. Rolón is retiring four months early and has accepted a new job that starts in September. He was also the first Hispanic person to have the title.
"There is a saying that goes, if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life and that was so true during my career here," Rolón said.
During the ceremony, Rolón revealed that his new job will be as the National Director of Operations for BCC Construction Group. He was an assistant superintendent for a construction developer before he became the Chief of Police.
"I was earning more in construction before joining OPD. I am fortunate that my new employer will be compensating me significantly higher than the City of Orlando," Rolón joked during the announcement. "This will allow me to continue to spoil my beautiful wife and my grandchildren in the future."
Chief Smith is now the 40th Chief for the City of Orlando. He's been a member of the Orlando Police Department for more than 28 years and has worked in nearly every aspect of the department.
After taking the oath, Chief Smith – who is a military veteran – thanked his family for their support, community leaders, and former Chief Rolón. He promised to protect and serve the citizens of Orlando.
"My vision for the Orlando Police Department is to create a culture of positivity, teamwork and humility," Chief Smith said.
The ceremony was held at Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Center.