I am writing to thank Fitchburg Police Chief Tom Blatter on his upcoming retirement. In 40 years with the Fitchburg Police Department, Chief Blatter has demonstrated the utmost professionalism, commitment and compassion toward our community.

Chief Blatter started out as a police officer here in 1977 when Fitchburg was a township with under 10,000 residents and has served as Chief of Police for the past 17 years with Fitchburg’s population now close to 28,000 residents.

I worked closely with Chief Blatter from 2007-15 while serving on the City’s Police and Fire Commission and as an alder and as mayor. We met frequently discussing best practices when it came to community policing, budgetary challenges and limitless opportunities of serving the many economic, demographic and geographic diverse interests across Fitchburg.

He also taught me what it meant to hold to the highest standard when it came to maintaining the public’s trust. His insight and his guidance and his personal example of the most important quality was one of the main guideposts that helped frame my decision making and demeanor when addressing the complexity of our rapidly growing community.

A big thank you to Chief Tom Blatter for all he has done to make Fitchburg a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family and in the chief’s next upcoming career move — to retire.

Shawn Pfaff

Mayor of Fitchburg 2011-2015