Riverside Promotes New Chief of Police

Congratulations to Captain William Eliason who was sworn in as Riverside's new Chief of Police tonight.  The ceremony was attended by his family and many of his peers.  He was officially sworn in by Mayor George Conard as his wife Cheryl held the Bible.  His son Nicholas and daughter Devon placed gold stars on his epaulettes.  Chief Eliason is 19-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department.  Prior to his promotion he served as a Patrolman, Sergeant, eight years as Lieutenant and most recently as Captain.  He began his career with the Riverside Police in 1995 after serving four years in the United States Navy on-board a nuclear powered Trident Missile submarine.  He attended Atlantic Community College working toward a degree in Applied Sciences.  He grew up in Riverside and is a graduate of Riverside High School class of 1988. He will be replacing Chief Paul Tursi who is retiring after 28 years of distinguished service.