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Orlando Police Chief Rolon Receives Don Quijote Excellence Award, Announces Retirement

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon made a big announcement during an even bigger occasion: After being named the 2021 Don Quijote Excellence Award winner, he told the over 1,500 attendees–and everyone else watching from home–that he’ll be retiring from the Orlando Police Department.

The 24th Don Quijote Awards, presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera, gave Chief Rolon the chance to speak before a sold-out crowd of 1,500-plus people at Epcot’s Showplace Pavilion Saturday.

Representatives from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera flank Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon as he receives the Excellence Awards at the Don Quijote Awards gala at Epcot's Showplace Pavilion Saturday, December 11, 2021. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Representatives from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera flank Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon as he receives the Excellence Awards at the Don Quijote Awards gala at Epcot’s Showplace Pavilion Saturday, December 11, 2021. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

“I want to thank God for blessing me in so many ways. Without Him I am nothing,” he said Saturday in his speech.

Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon receives the Excellence Award at the Don Quijote Awards gala at Epcot's Showplace Pavilion Saturday, December 11, 2021. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon receives the Excellence Award at the Don Quijote Awards gala at Epcot’s Showplace Pavilion Saturday, December 11, 2021. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

As Chief Rolon announced that he was retiring in a little over a year from now, he noted that the Hispanic population isn’t properly represented in the leadership levels of businesses and organizations in Central Florida.

As a result of that, he challenged every executive present at the gala to increase their hiring of people of color in leadership positions, especially Hispanics. He also added that after his retirement, he plans to continue to serve in the community with that specific goal in mind, but said he would talk everything over with his wife, Dr. Georgina Rolon, first, since it is “a family decision.”

 

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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