JAMES CITY COUNTY — Assistant Police Chief Anthony G. “Tony” Dallman will serve as interim police chief, effective immediately, after the retirement of previous police chief Eric Peterson, James City County announced Wednesday.
Peterson was a public servant for more than 28 years before making the decision to retire.
“I want to thank Chief Peterson for his service and thank his family for supporting him throughout his career. I have enjoyed working with him and appreciate his enthusiasm for serving others,” said County Administrator Scott Stevens.
According to a county press release, Dallman has worked for the James City County Police Department since 1995, starting his career in the Uniform Division. After five years as a patrol officer, he was promoted to sergeant, then lieutenant in 2001.
He was promoted to major in April 2014 and assistant police chief in June. He spent a total of eight years as a supervisor in the Uniform Division on all three patrol shifts and six years as the Community Services Unit supervisor.
Dallman has served in a variety of roles in the department, including patrol officer, radar instructor, Taser instructor, field training officer, internal affairs investigator, and crisis negotiator.
Dallman has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Mary Washington College. He completed his master’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University in 2013. He is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond and the 257th session of the FBI National Academy.
Currently, the county is working with consultants to decide who will take over the police chief role on a permanent basis.