After spending a quarter century with the Plainville Police Department, Lieutenant Eric Peterson clocked out for the last time on July 14 to take the job of Chief of Police in the town of Coventry.
“Lieutenant, thanks for giving us 25 years of service, starting as an officer, working your way up to Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and even Interim Chief,” the Plainville PD stated in a social media post. “Thank you for your years of service to the town of Plainville and its residents. We wish you best of luck in your new position as Chief of Coventry PD.”
When Plainville’s longtime Chief of Police Matthew Catania died in March of 2021, Peterson stepped in as interim chief and maintained the post until early this year when current department head Christopher Vanghele came on board.
While many in town were disappointed that Peterson was not appointed chief, the longtime local cop urged the community to rally around Vanghele.
"I would like to thank all in the community that have supported me during past few months. For reasons beyond my control the Town Council has chosen a candidate from outside of the police department," Peterson wrote on Facebook. "I have accepted this and plan on being as instrumental as possible to incoming Chief Vanghele. I am reaching out to the community to pull us all together and give Chief Vanghele the best chance to succeed.
“We have an excellent police department and we will continue to provide the best police service possible. My goal now is to make the transition as smooth as possible. Thank you for all the support you give to our police department."
Introducing himself to the residents of Coventry, Peterson said, as a member of the Plainville PD “I focused on making sure we protect and serve our community with dignity and respect. I will continue to do so with the Coventry Police Department. I will also build on strengthening our relationship with the citizens of Coventry. I believe the stronger the relationship the police department has with the community, the more effective we will be as a police department.”