Pagni named New Castle police chief |

Pagni named New Castle police chief

NEW CASTLE — Cpl. Tony Pagni has been named New Castle’s police chief, having served the past six months as interim chief following the death of longtime Chief Chris Sadler.

Sadler died of a heart attack on March 15. He was 52.

Pagni, who was a good friend of Sadler’s and attended the police academy with him, has headed up the police department since Sadler’s death.

“Tony is rebuilding the police department with an emphasis on community policing,” said Town Administrator Tom Baker.

Over the past 18 months, the town council has directed staff and the police department to actively engage the community as partners in maintaining a safe community.

“Town council expects the police department to view community members as allies in New Castle’s safety,” said Mayor Bob Gordon. “Building strong, trusting and positive relationships between police officers and community members is key to our success.”

Pagni agrees.

“Our job as police officers is to understand our community, build strong, trusting relationships within the community and create an approach to public safety that effectively engages community members in solving public safety problems.

Pagni said he is “honored” to be appointed as the new chief and is looking forward to continued work with the community.

“Tony has worked tirelessly to recruit officers that fit our community,” Baker said. “He has increased officer training and is pursuing a long-overdue project to move the police officers to the public works building, which will result in a better working environment for the department.”

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