First Vermont black police chief hired in Montpelier - Times Argus


A former Chicago cop named police chief in Montpelier is believed to be the first ever black police chief in the State of Vermont. He’s coming from a New Mexico city where, as police chief, he clashed with apparently dysfunctional city leadership.

"Peete first served in the U.S. Air Force, working his way up to region manager of the Office of Special Investigations. He then served as a police officer in Chicago, following in his parents’ footsteps, and held multiple positions there before taking the job as police chief in New Mexico. He was hired in April 2018, but resigned in November after he submitted a whistleblower letter alleging the city was “dysfunctional and experiencing low morale and confidence in its leadership,” according to published reports. He was suspended by the city after the letter was submitted; he filed a lawsuit claiming the action taken against him was retaliatory. Fraser said he dug deeply into the matter and “came away even more convinced that Brian Peete is the right choice for Montpelier.”"

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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-06-06 18:14:37 -0400
    I sincerely hope that the City Manager is right and "Brian Peete is the right choice for Montpelier.” Remember Brandon Delposo in Burlington ? I’ll bet that Miro thought that he was “the right choice for Burlington”. I guess that there are no Vermonters that are “right choices”? Is it that the State, local government, or the educational system are not training their own employees to move up the ladder ? I saw numerous people brought into the State for high paying jobs with the S.O.V. during my 15 years there, and every time I questioned why someone from within was not promoted ? Unless employees are encouraged by the possibility of advancement, you will always get reap what you sow, employees who are interested with nothing more than a paycheck. Wake up !