CHATHAM — In a ceremony crowded with friends and family members Friday, the Chatham Police Department promoted Michael Anderson to Deputy Chief and named Andrew Goddard as lieutenant.
“I’m so happy for these two individuals,” Police Chief Mark Pawlina said. Only a small number of police officers – 5 percent or fewer – rise to the position of lieutenant or higher, he said.
Pawlina praised Anderson for his past work as lieutenant and as a detective, noting he “worked his share of midnight shifts.” As deputy chief, Anderson will help oversee departmental operations and will carry out the chief’s duties in Pawlina’s absence. The department’s number two position opened up when former Deputy Chief John Cauble retired earlier this year.
Taking Anderson’s old position as lieutenant is Andrew Goddard, who was promoted from sergeant.
“His service to this community has been outstanding,” Pawlina said. As lieutenant, Goddard will oversee the department’s three patrol shifts.
Both men were sworn in last Friday by Town Clerk Julie Smith and given the Law Enforcement Oath from Chief Pawlina before receiving their badges from their wives.
The department also issued pins to members who have achieved milestone years of service, with John Whittle earning a 30-year pin; William Little earning a 15-year pin; Geoffrey Phillips and Thomas Powers being honored for 10 years of service; and Christopher Merigan and Christopher Vardakis earning five-year pins.
Pawlina had special praise for the department’s three sergeants, saying the choice to fill the lieutenant’s position was a difficult one.