NEWPORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Chris Fangman, a 15-year veteran of law enforcement with the Newport Police Department, was sworn in as the city’s police chief by Mayor Jerry Peluso during Monday’s Newport City Commissioner meeting.
Fangman, the department’s Patrol Division Commander, is replacing former Police Chief Tom Collins, who is retiring.
“I am very impressed with Chris and feel confident that he is the right choice to lead the Department into the future,” Mayor Peluso said..
Fangman was selected after an interview process that involved the city’s administration and the Newport City Commission.
“I could not be more appreciative of the City of Newport’s confidence in me to serve as Chief of Police,” Fangman said. “I am truly dedicated to all of the citizens of Newport and have thoroughly enjoyed serving them. I look forward to continuing to serve in the capacity of Chief of Police. The community support from the residents of Newport is second to none and is a driving force of our cohesion.”
“Chris Fangman is an experienced, smart, professional, dedicated and upstanding police officer who will do a tremendous job overseeing the Newport Police Department,” said Newport City Manager Tom Fromme, who served as police chief before becoming city manager. “The Newport Police Department as well as the entire city will be well-served by Chief Fangman.”
Fangman began his career in 2004 with the Newport Police Department, rising through the ranks to lieutenant. He has also served as former SWAT Team Commander, Neighborhood Liaison Officer – where he attended neighborhood meetings and events – and currently serves as Patrol Division Commander.
“Upon my retirement I’m please to hand the torch to Lt. Fangman,” Chief Collins said. “I have no doubt that he has the skills necessary to be a great Chief.”