Fitchburg police chief to retire after 40 years service

The Fitchburg police chief will retire this year, according to city officials.

Fitchburg public safety officials announced they are taking applications for Chief Tom Blatter’s position.

The city said Blatter will retire in December after 40 years of service to the Fitchburg Police Department.

The Police and Fire Commission began taking applications for police chief in September. Interviews will begin in late November, with a selection expected in mid-December.

In preparation for the upcoming selection process, PFC officials are asking for input from Fitchburg residents, community and business leaders, and city staff regarding the traits and characteristics they feel are most important when selecting the next chief. The deadline to submit a survey is Nov. 20.