Eric Johansen to be Named Peekskill Police Chief Friday

Johansen replaces Eugene Tumolo, who retired from the position in December.

Acting Peekskill Police Chief Eric Johansen will be announced as the department’s new chief during a press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.

Johansen began serving as acting police chief on Jan. 2 after Eugene Tumolo retired from the position in December.

Johansen is married with three children. His wife, Cathy, served as a lieutenant in the police department, but  took the early incentive retirement package offered by the city last year. Their daughter,  was recently hired as an officer by the Rye police department.

Johansen has served on the police department for about 19 years, joining the force in February 1994 after serving a stint as volunteer firefighter for the city. In 2007, he earned a masters in justice administration from Norwich University in Vermont. 

He served as lieutenant prior to his appointment as acting chief.

Deb Carlin Polhill February 21, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Congratulations Chief Johansen! Wishing you continued success in Peekskill. Thanks for the great work and leadership!
Ron See February 21, 2013 at 09:20 PM
It's great that the Department promoted from within.I remember the days when they didn't do that & had nothing but trouble.
Frank a Catalina February 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM
congratulations eric! what a shame this couldnt have been done without all the drama and chest pounding. apparently, with this administration, as everywhere else, even a broken clock is right twice a day. now, another 15 minutes of slick PR full blown press conference and all, to simply announce doing the right thing. where was the press conference when fired employees were begged to return; or cuts forced reduced City Hall hours or when the peekskill Celebration was sent packing? being a "leader" means being responsible in bad times as well as the good....being 'available' at a press conference when your decisions blow up not just 'allowing' citizens to speak for a controlled 5 minutes with an armed police officer standing and staring them down. i saw this at a Common Council meeting and if the officer had a firehose, i swear it would have been Selma 1966 all over again. But i digress. till another time, best wishes Eric and your family!
Ron Reagan February 22, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Frank A Catalina for Mayor! You have my vote sir. Congratulations Eric. God Bless, and keep up the good work.
Kurt Michaelson February 22, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Congratulations! May many pray for your leadership and the continued protection of the citizens and officers under your charge of the City of Peekskill.
Liz Claire February 22, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Congratulions Eric. You are an asset to our City. Mr. Catalina should measure his tone if he wants to win. Leaders must be above the fray
LoveElvis February 22, 2013 at 05:33 AM
whoa .... so are you saying that, if elected Mayor, Mr. Catalina you would allow all people to speak unlimited for as long as they want at city council meetings? and that you would not have a police officer present at meetings?
theobserver February 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM
What Catalina was saying is Chief Johansen is a leader and should have been recognized as such a long time ago. A press conference is just a political move.
Wendy Kelly February 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM
YEAH Chief Johansen!!!! Remarkable man with wonderful relationship with the community. Big Congratulations and finally wonderful news for Peekskill. Retired Chief T knew what he was doing recommending Eric.
Tad Asaro February 22, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Great news for a great man! I have gotten to know Eric very well over the last couple years and have been nothing but impressed with his actions as a father, husband, son, coach, friend and police officer. I am glad his hard work and strong ethics have paid of for him, his family and the city of Peekskill!
Tina Bongar February 22, 2013 at 03:00 PM
This is absolutely the best thing to happen in Peekskill in years. I've just seen such a difference in the past few months. For the past 9 years since we lived here each time Eric Johansen took on a project he delivered way more than he evn promised. Thank you Chief Johansen for really caring and working toward improving our community safety and quality of life. Bravo!
LoveElvis February 22, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Catalina is a big boy and can defend himself ....what he said was: "being 'available' at a press conference when your decisions blow up not just 'allowing' citizens to speak for a controlled 5 minutes with an armed police officer standing and staring them down. i saw this at a Common Council meeting and if the officer had a firehose, i swear it would have been Selma 1966 all over again." Soooooooo does that mean he would allow anyone to speak for an unlimited amount of time at City Council meetings?
Frank a Catalina February 22, 2013 at 03:38 PM
what i meant to say was.... congratulations Eric!!... thats all. there will be plenty of time for addressing the real problems in my city and constructive solutions.....and yes, freedom of unharassed speech is a good place to start. Congratulations Eric, this is YOUR day!!
stephanie February 22, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Congratulations police chief eric johansen you are the best man for the job
Fred February 22, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Congratulations Big E! You're the right person for the job and you have a great bunch of cops and a nice family. My family and I wish you lots of success ahead. I am disappointed by Mr. Frank Catalina's grandstanding in this chain. Today is about a celebration for our city, not for you to run your mouth for your own political agenda. It shows me that you exercise bad judgement. Leaders should take the high road, especially when they have little to say in the first place.
ED HICKEY February 22, 2013 at 06:15 PM
There is hope for change in my beloved hometown of Peekskill! Congrats Lt.! Without question, as you have displayed so professionally in your short time as interim Chief, and throughout your career, you are the people's choice and the criminal's nightmare. I always objectively give props when props are due; kudos to Mayor Foster for putting aside the preceived notions that had her hesitant to have Eric become Chief. He will work as a team player for the best of Peekskill's interest and I hope and pray that this leap of faith by the Mayor is the beginning of true dialog between the refreshed and younger parties. Out with the old if evolution and change for the better is not evident and/or old wounds from this Hatfield/McCoy like partisan war remain unhealed. This applied to both major parties!
ED HICKEY February 22, 2013 at 06:22 PM
And yes, Mr. Catalina is a man capable of defending himself, though I am compelled to write that I echo his factual sentiments. Yes, we are ecstatic to hear of this decision and it is time to congratulate Lt. Eric Johansen, and possibly hope floats, but history is history a d trendsare trends. I remain optomistic that this may be a sign of change, but this does not mean that the historically deplorable politics as usual may not follow. Glass half full I will remain for now
ED HICKEY February 22, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Please update regarding the residency requirement as news unfolds. Tha ks as always Patch staff!
Wendy Kelly February 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Ed Hickey I came back here just to see if there was a statement on residency requirement as well. I say he remains in Cortlandt who cares he is in close proximity to the precinct for me. Patch ROCKS!
joshua tanner February 23, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Hopefully if I have to call the PD because a pit bull is loose and harrasing a lady and her dog they don't take 35 minutes to show up in middle of the day.
ED HICKEY February 23, 2013 at 01:12 PM
@Wendy Kelly ... I did learn that the residency requirement will not be applied for the first year of service, AKA probationary year as Chief of Police. Brian Havernick did say the residency requirement could be rendered uneccessary afyer that first year if by supermajority vote, which I would fully expect. During the press conference Mayor Foster reiterated a few times that they had received a large number of letters from residents, businesses, schools, and even the DA's office remarking on Chief Johansen's professionalism and his obvious drive to reach out and communicate with so many.
Chrissy (Bristol) Ortis February 24, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Congratulations Eric! This is great news. I am really proud of you. Wishing you all the best. Stay safe.
anastasia February 25, 2013 at 06:54 PM
This is first thing Ms. Mayor did right (and probably will be the only thing until her term is over) but this is not the forum for that. Congratulations Eric! No one is more suited and deserving of this job. A man who has always cared and worked hard to make his hometown the best it can be. I know you'll be nothing less than successful. Thank you for all you've done and will continue to do to keep us all safe.


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