Barbelet Sworn-In as New Police Chief in Tarrytown

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by Rick Pezzullo

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New Tarrytown Police Chief John Barbelet poses with his wife and Mayor Drew Fixell after taking the oath of office on June 19. —Photo 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.

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