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Police Chief Champagne Will Retire Next Summer

Mayor Ted Bettencourt and Police Chief Robert Champagne announced Thursday Champagne would be retiring from the force next June after 37 years, 25 of them as Chief.

After nearly four decades on the force, Peabody Police Chief Robert Champagne is retiring next summer.

Mayor Ted Bettencourt and Champagne jointly announced the news via a press release Thursday morning. Champagne has spent 37 years on the force and 25 as Chief of Police.

“Chief Champagne’s long record of public service speaks for itself,” Bettencourt said. “To serve a quarter century as Police Chief in a city the size of Peabody is certainly an impressive feat. On behalf of the citizens of Peabody, I thank him for his service and wish him well in his retirement.”

“It has been my privilege to serve this city for all of these years. I am proud of the work that I have accomplished...” Champagne said.

“I want to thank all of the officers and civilians who have served in the past and continue to serve," he said. "It is upon the shoulders of those men and women where the real work of policing is done and upon whom all the credit for good should be given.”

Bettencourt said he plans to begin the process of hiring a new chief immediately. Champagne's retirement is effective June 1, 2013.

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Sharon L. Kokoras October 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
We will miss Chief Champagne. He has done a wonderful job.........Thank you for your service to our city.
Rosie Kyes October 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Chief Champagne last month in San Diego. The City will definetely miss him. Thank you for your 37years of service. Rkyes
Rosie Kyes October 18, 2012 at 05:36 PM
The city will definetely miss him.
Tom V. October 18, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Bob chased me and my buddies around when he was a rookie and we were just out of high school. Good guy and a good cop, very determined and full of integrity. He has served the city and the region well over the years. I hope he enjoys his retirement, it's well deserved. Tom V.
STEVE GREEN June 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM
ITS ABOUT TIME HE RETIRES. ATE UP THE TAXPAYERS MONEY FOR YEARS AND YEARS.

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