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West Orange Times & Observer Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 9 months ago

John Peek named Oakland police chief

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The Oakland Police Department veteran began his new role Jan 4.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

The town of Oakland’s new police chief, John Peek, said he is ready to continue making a difference in the small West Orange County municipality.

 “Because Oakland is small, we can actually see the difference we are making,” Chief Peek said. “As opposed to my previous experiences, here in Oakland, you are able to see the positive effects and it is very self-satisfying.”

Peek was hired as a reserve officer with the Oakland Police Department in 2006. He accepted the position vacated by former Chief Steve Thomas, who retired Friday, 3. Thomas served the town for nine years and retired after 40 years in law enforcement.

Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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