Anderson Named Deputy Police Chief, Goddard Becomes Lieutenant

By: Alan Pollock

Chief of Police Mark Pawlina shakes the hand of Officer John Whittle (left), who was honored for his years of service along with other members of the department.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

CHATHAM In a ceremony crowded with friends and family members Friday, the Chatham Police Department promoted Michael Anderson to Deputy Chief and named Andrew Goddard as lieutenant.

Michael Anderson receives his deputy chief’s badge from his wife and daughters.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

Michael Anderson receives his deputy chief’s badge from his wife and daughters.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

“I’m so happy for these two individuals,” Police Chief Mark Pawlina said. Only a small number of police officers – 5 percent or fewer – rise to the position of lieutenant or higher, he said.

Pawlina praised Anderson for his past work as lieutenant and as a detective, noting he “worked his share of midnight shifts.” As deputy chief, Anderson will help oversee departmental operations and will carry out the chief’s duties in Pawlina’s absence. The department’s number two position opened up when former Deputy Chief John Cauble retired earlier this year.

Taking Anderson’s old position as lieutenant is Andrew Goddard, who was promoted from sergeant.

“His service to this community has been outstanding,” Pawlina said. As lieutenant, Goddard will oversee the department’s three patrol shifts.

Both men were sworn in last Friday by Town Clerk Julie Smith and given the Law Enforcement Oath from Chief Pawlina before receiving their badges from their wives.

The department also issued pins to members who have achieved milestone years of service, with John Whittle earning a 30-year pin; William Little earning a 15-year pin; Geoffrey Phillips and Thomas Powers being honored for 10 years of service; and Christopher Merigan and Christopher Vardakis earning five-year pins.

New Lieutenant Andrew Goddard receives his badge from his wife, Polly.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

New Lieutenant Andrew Goddard receives his badge from his wife, Polly.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

Pawlina had special praise for the department’s three sergeants, saying the choice to fill the lieutenant’s position was a difficult one.