SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Charles Beckett, a longtime law-enforcement official, was sworn in on Monday night as the town of Lewisboro's newest police chief.
Beckett, who is replacing Frank Secret due to retirement, has served in the police department for 26 years, most recently as a lieutenant.
The oath was administered by Town Supervisor Peter Parsons, while Beckett's wife, Lori Ann, by his side.
Parsons, in discussing Beckett's record, noted that his employment file contains a “thick record of commendations, of thank yous from our citizens,” adding that it included stories "that we could make a mini movie from what he's got already.”
Secret, meanwhile, is not leaving the police force entirely. Beckett told Daily Voice about plans for him to be rehired as a part-time member, which would entail becoming John Jay High School's new school resource officer (SRO).
The night also included an oath of office for David Alfano, a town police officer who was elevated to sergeant. Parsons also administered Alfano's oath.
Alfano's mother, Nancy Cogswell, was by his side for the ceremony.
Video clips of the swearing-in ceremonies for Beckett and Alfano are attached to this story, along with photos from the night.