Hundreds of people turned out to support new Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams as she was sworn in on Friday.
The same people also on hand to congratulate former Chief Joe Yahner on his career.
Yahner told FOX 10 that Williams is a lot like him and he believes she will lead the department very similar to how he has and will do a great job.
Before the ceremony dozens of family members, friends, and coworkers wished former Chief Joseph Yahner well and congratulated him on his career.
"I've had a great career and it's because of the people I work with and we have a very, very good Phoenix police department," said Chief Yahner.
Those same people on hand to support Williams in her new position.
Williams was formerly the police chief in Oxnard, California and before that she spent more than 20 years with the Phoenix Police Department.
She is the first female to hold her position in Phoenix.
"It's kind of like a homecoming. Some people say that you can't ever come home. I'm a perfect example of yes, you can come back home and work to make your community a safer place," said Chief Williams.
Chief Williams says some of her main goals are to bring the community together, help change public perception and help with crime suppression and prevention.
"It takes a community to make that change. We need the community to call in, to trust us, to believe that we're just and that we will do what we are served and sign up to do."
Chief Williams is very happy now that her family is all back in the Valley and her son plays for the Phoenix Suns.