Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Carlisle picks new police chief

'He's got a world of experience'

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        CARLISLE — Robert Pieper can drop the “acting” from his police chief title.

        He was sworn in Tuesday as this Warren County village's police chief. He served as interim chief since April.

        Chief Pieper had been a 25-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and chief of Sycamore Township.

        “He's got a world of experience, and I think of all the candidates that I've looked at ... I think he has the strongest community policing orientation I've ever seen,” Carlisle Mayor Patrick Long said.

        “He's had a lot of experience in training young officers. We do have younger officers that need ongoing training.”

        The chief also received high marks for his handling of a recent vandalism in Carlisle that left nearly 40 people facing charges after a teen party got out of hand.

        “He had to handle a lot of people and a lot of complaints,” Mr. Long said. “He just did an excellent job.”

        The department was rocked by a string of problems last year that led to the resignations of former Chief Gary Long and Sgt. Brad Fogle. They were accused of vandalizing the home of former Village Manager Eric Levitt in 1995.

        Chief Pieper replaces Richard St. John, who left in April after eight months to become chief in Fairfield Township.

        The chief is expected to bring long-term stability to a department that has had several leaders in the last 18 months. Chief Pieper said he would stay in the job for at least five years.

        “We felt like we wanted a commitment from somebody,” Mr. Long said. “We need for there to be stability in the police department. We need to get things settled down and get them back on line the way they should be.”

        Said Chief Pieper: “I'm really excited about the appointment to chief and the council's acceptance of me. This is a wonderful opportunity for me.”

        Carlisle's population is 5,400. The chief's salary was not immediately available.

        The village received 14 applications and narrowed the list to five finalists.


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