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.

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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