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Fangman Named Newport Police Chief

Chris Fangman is set to become the next chief of the Newport Police Department.

A 15-year veteran with the force, Fangman is expected to be formally introduced as chief at the Newport city commission meeting on Monday, September 9.

Chief Tom Collins is retiring.

“I am very impressed with Chris and feel confident that he is the right choice to lead the department into the future,” said Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso.

Fangman, currently the department’s patrol division commander, was selected after an interview process that involved the city’s administration and the Newport city commission.

“Chris Fangman is an experienced, smart, professional, dedicated, and upstanding police officer who will do a tremendous job overseeing the Newport Police Department,” said Newport City Manager Tom Fromme, who served as police chief before becoming city manager. “The Newport Police Department, as well as the entire city will be well-served by Chief Fangman.”

Fangman began his career in 2004 with the Newport Police Department, rising through the ranks to lieutenant. He has also served as former SWAT team commander, neighborhood liaison officer where he attended neighborhood meetings and events.

“Upon my retirement I'm pleased to hand the torch to Lt. Fangman,” Chief Collins said. “I have no doubt that he has the skills necessary to be a great Chief.”

-Staff report

Photo: Fangman shops with a Newport child during Christmas (RCN file)