By Allan Jamail
Galena Park, TX. – Friday, June 15, 2018 — Mayor Esmeralda Moya and Police Commissioner Rodney Chersky presented 26 year retired Police Captain Ken Ponder a gold retirement badge and a proclamation signed by the mayor commending him for his honorable service to the city.
Chersky said before his and Moya’s time in office, the city failed to present retiring Captain Ken Ponder and Detective Tim D’Antonio their retirement badges.
“When I learned of it, I made Mayor Moya aware of it too. Mayor Moya adamantly agreed with me and told me to make sure this happened and that it happened soon! A retirement badge is something a police officer cherishes. This is a symbol from the department in which they’ve served and a keepsake for their own memories in their retirement years. It is something to be proud of and I will tell you, I am VERY proud of both of these fine men, and I feel truly humbled to be a part of assuring both Captain Ponder and Detective D’Antonio they are not forgotten. I am honored to have been a part of making this day happen. I stand proud knowing that the city did the right thing,” Chersky said.