Block Island names retired state police veteran as next interim chief

Walter Anderson
Walter "Chip" Anderson. (Town of New Shoreham)

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (WLNE) — Walter “Chip” Anderson has been named Block Island’s interim police chief.

Anderson will be taking over for Capt. Peter Chabot who has served as the interim chief since late June. Chabot will be returning to his role with state police.

Anderson has previously worked with the Rhode Island State Police as a sergeant and retired from there after 25 years.

He has been working as a Block Island as a police officer for the past 15 years, with the first 14 as a seasonal officer and the last year as a full-time patrolman.

Anderson is taking the reigns after the island’s top candidate to take the full-time chief position, Christopher High, withdrew his name from consideration.

The town manager said the full-time position has been re-advertised and the selection process will start over.

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