Carmel's new police chief sworn in

Carmel >> Newly-named Police Chief Paul Tomasi was ceremoniously sworn in and pinned with his new badge at an informal gathering on Friday that at its conclusion had elevated the former commander to his new role as Carmel’s top cop.

Tomasi, a 21-year law enforcement veteran and member of the Carmel Police Department since May 2008, took the reins as both chief of police and director of public safety from Chief Mike Calhoun, 55, who on Friday officially retired after 32 years of service.

“It’s a journey to get to this point,” Tomasi said to the crowd of about 50, which included family, friends, fellow police officers and city officials. “I’ve had seven chiefs in my career working at four different agencies but I’ve learned the most from Carmel Chiefs Rawson and Calhoun.”

As chief, Tomasi, 48, is charged with managing the department, while as director of public safety he will have oversight over police, fire, ambulance services and the Emergency Operations Center.

On Friday, City Administrator Chip Rerig noted that while he conducted a national search, ultimately he found that the right candidate for Carmel’s next police chief wasn’t far away.

“The best fit was right here in our own city,” said Rerig, who addressed those present inside the Council Chambers at Carmel City Hall. “Paul knows the community, the enterprise and is right here in our community. He’s the kind of person you can throw anything at and he’s proven himself…

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