by Rick Pezzullo
For the first time in 23 years, the Village of Tarrytown has a new police chief after Lt. John Barbelet was sworn-in June 19 to succeed retiring Chief Scott Brown.
Barbelet, 48, will earn an annual salary of approximately $172,000 to lead the Police Department, which has 34 full-time sworn officers and five part-time members. Brown had been with the force since 1981 and had been at the helm of the department since 1994.
“This is an opportunity that has been a culmination of a 23-year career for me,” Barbelet said to a standing room only crowd of family, friends and fellow officers at Village Hall. “This is not about the individual but about a group effort. I will always have the residents and this community as my number one priority.”
After thanking his wife, two daughters, mother and in-laws, Barbelet mentioned his late father, former Village Treasurer Gerry Barbelet, who died June 12, 2016.
“He showed me what a great place Tarrytown can be,” he said. “I think he would be very proud tonight.”
Barbelet also saluted Brown, who was in attendance, for “passing along a professional, well-run organization.”
Mayor Drew Fixell officiated over Barbelet’s promotion and commented on his credentials.
“We’re very lucky to have such an accomplished, smart guy coming in,” Fixell said.