Today, following forty years of service to the Fitchburg community, Chief Thomas Blatter welcomed friends, family and co-workers for his final remarks as chief before beginning his retirement. Chief Blatter began his career with the Fitchburg Police Department on May 9th, 1977. Over the years, Chief Blatter rose through ranks serving as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief before being named Chief of Police in 2000. In addition to recognizing Chief Blatter for his forty years of service, Interim Chief Don Bates presented Chief Blatter with the department award for meritorious conduct. Chief Blatter was presented with the award for his dedication to improving both the police department and the City of Fitchburg. During his tenure, Chief Blatter began numerous efforts and programs to create a more efficient delivery of police service and to make community policing a foundation of the department. While in uniform Chief Blatter has seen the department grow from a ten person department (that also provided medical transport) to a modern law enforcement agency, with fifty sworn personnel. Much of the growth, including the many specialty teams such as K9, motorcycle, honor guard and the special events team, is a result of the hard work and leadership of Chief Blatter. Please join us in recognizing and thanking Chief Blatter for his incredible service to our community. Congratulations Chief. Enjoy your retirement!