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Mesquite announces new assistant police chief, several other promotions

Mesquite’s police department has promoted Doug Yates to the role of assistant police chief, along with other officers to new positions.

Mesquite Police promoted 26-year veteran Capt. Doug Yates to assistant police chief on Friday, following last week’s swearing-in of Police Chief David Gill.

Yates joins current Assistant Police Chief David Faaborg, who had served as interim police chief since March 2021 when Charles Cato resigned. Throughout his career, Yates has supervised patrol shifts, technical services, criminal investigations, dispatch, jail operations and the canine unit, according to a press release.

The Mesquite Police Department held a promotional ceremony Friday for Yates and several other officers.

Lt. Geoffery Caldwell was promoted to the rank of captain; Sgts. William Lo and Chad Copeland were promoted to lieutenant; Officers Curtis Phillip and Paul Wathen were promoted to sergeant; and public safety dispatchers Chad Boyette and Lauren Vega were promoted to public safety dispatcher supervisors.

“I am incredibly proud of all these professionals,” Police Chief David Gill said in a statement. “Their commitment to the Mesquite Police Department and the community they serve is extraordinary. These promotions are a result of their leadership qualities and illustrate the character that they demonstrate every day to help keep Mesquite safe.”

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