FARMINGTON – After thanking everyone from selectmen to his family for “having faith in me,” Jack Peck, Jr. was sworn in as Farmington’s new police chief today.
Peck said the event was “bittersweet” for him because he is stepping in as chief after serving with Chief Richard Caton III for many years. Caton, 52, died of complications due to leukemia on July 18. Lt. Peck, a 21-year veteran of the department, had served the last six months an interim chief as Caton underwent medical treatments.
One week ago selectmen unanimously gave their approval of immediately promoting Peck to lead the Police Department. Town Manager Richard Davis made the recommendation to immediately promote Peck to police chief and “forego the expense of advertising the chief’s position and undergoing a lengthy recruitment process.” He said, Peck is the best qualified person for the position.
Since that announcement, Chief Peck said he has received lots of “card and letters from townspeople wishing me well,” and in support of his appointment.
At the same time, he said, it is a difficult time. “I’m still grieving the loss of Dickie (Caton).”