Montpelier hires new police chief
The city of Montpelier is getting a new police chief.
Officials on Wednesday announced on Zoom that Brian Peete will take over for longtime Chief Anthony Facos, who is retiring.
The 44-year-old Peete served until last November as the chief of police with the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, a city with a population of about 30,000. He has more than 17 years of law enforcement experience, beginning with the U.S. Air Force.
Peete says he's grateful for the opportunity to lead the MPD and will build on the department's tradition of inclusion, accountability, transparency and community-based service. "I'd like to tell the folks who are watching and the families and the people of Montpelier that I look forward to getting out there and to listening and learning and doing everything that I can to continue strengthening the Montpelier Police Department and moving it forward," he said.
Montpelier officials say Peete left the New Mexico job through a "difficult resignation process," and that the political and administrative environment conflicted with his personal and professional ethics.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports Peete was suspended for 10 days last year after submitting a whistleblower letter criticizing city leadership. He then filed a claim against the city for violating state whistleblower protections by retaliating against him.
Peete is expected to begin training on June 15 and take over the job on July 1. Peete will be paid the same as Facos -- $103,000 a year.
Facos has been with the Montpelier department since 1985 and served as chief since 2007.