A number of Ceres residents gathered Monday at Escalon City Hall to watch Mike Borges, the former deputy police chief, become police chief there.
The selection of Borges to take over as the city's fulltime police chief was approved by a 5-0 vote of council members and he comes to Escalon with 34 years of law enforcement experience. He has had several different positions, all with the Ceres Police Department, including police officer, detective, field training officer, watch commander, sergeant and Police Division Commander, eventually named Deputy Chief for Ceres in 2007.
"I'm thrilled we got someone of his quality," said Mayor Ed Alves.
Borges retired from Ceres in March.
Borges will oversee the department of a half dozen officers, a sergeant and the police services manager, as well as the animal control department.