New Peru Police Chief Bob Pyszka issued multiple statements Tuesday morning following his swearing-in during the Monday night City Council meeting.
Pyszka thanked those who played a part in him earning the position after more than 30 years with the Peru Police Department.
“Now that my appointment is official, I would like to thank Mayor (Ken) Kolowski for appointing me to be the next chief of police,” Pyszka said. “I would also like to thank the City Council for affirming the appointment and allowing me this opportunity to lead the Peru Police Department after serving the city of Peru for almost 31 years.”
Pyszka said the department is made up of 25 sworn officers, one civilian officer, one administrative assistant and one janitor that each play a vital role in making the Peru Police Department “the best, most accomplished law enforcement agency in the area.”
“It’s not the work of just one individual, or a few, but the unit as a whole and this is why I am so truly honored to lead this team,” Pyszka said.
At the end of the first statement, Pyszka promised to perform at his very best while continuing to treat his colleagues as equals.
“I would like to say to the men and women of the Peru Police Department that I have never, ever, forgotten where I started my career and my promise to you it that I will treat you as equals and strive to make you job as safe and stress free as possible in the ever changing and challenging law enforcement environment,” Pyszka said.
Pyszka also released a statement regarding his appointment of former Commander Sarah Raymond to her new position of deputy chief that also was acknowledged during Monday’s meeting.
“(Raymond) is an 18-year veteran of the Peru Police Department and has risen through the ranks at a rapid pace,” Pyszka said.
“(Raymond) has proven to me that she has the knowledge, integrity and has a track record of building successful relationships not only with her fellow officers but also the citizens of Peru and that is why she will make a great addition to my executive management team.”
While both individuals were sworn-in on Monday, the official transfer of titles will take place Wednesday, Sept. 1.