This evening, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) will honor Middletown Police Chief Anthony Pesare as the recipient of the 2012 Robert M. Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award.
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Nominated by Senator Louis DiPalma and Town Administrator Shawn Brown as an outstanding town employee, they said Pesare “supported the successful collective bargaining process that resulted in the adoption of a new shift schedule for the department's patrol division which has saved the town over $350,000 annually.”
In addition, they said Chief Pesare is a decisive leader and has elevated the professionalism of the department.
“He realizes that a safe living environment is essential for the good development of the community,” wrote DiPalma in the nomination letter. In Brown’s absence, Pesare is routinely appointed as the acting town administrator.
The chief has updated the long term capital improvement program and modernized the equipment available to the department to include the composition of the motor vehicle fleet, weapon systems available to officers and technology used in the office and the field.
“Under the chief’s leadership, the town was able to secure the bond financing, via voter referendum, to build a state-of-the-art Middletown Police Station, something of which we're all proud,” said Dipalma.
Chief Pesare’s career in law enforcement began with the Rhode Island State Police in 1974, where he served for 24 years. He joined the Middletown Police Department as Chief of Police in 2004.
Prior to being selected as the chief of the Middletown Police Department, the chief served in a variety of leadership roles at Roger Williams University including faculty member, Assistant Dean, Associate Dean and ultimately, Dean of the School of Criminal Justice.
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