Tisbury and state officials gathered in the Tisbury Police Station Friday afternoon to honor outgoing Police Chief Dan Hanavan. Harbormaster John Crocker, town administrator Jay Grande, ambulance coordinator Tracy Jones, Fire Chief John Schilling, selectman Melinda Loberg, selectmen chairman Tristan Israel, and Lt. Eerik Meisner joined State Rep. Dylan Fernandes and State Sen. Julian Cyr in lauding Hanavan.
“I think you’ve left the police department in a stronger position than when you entered into your role as police chief,” Grande said.
“We’re so appreciative of your service on the Vineyard; we wanted to make sure it was recognized on that state level as well,” said Fernandes, presenting Hanavan with a House citation. “We think it’s an honor that’s incredibly deserved.”
Fernandes presented Hanavan with a certificate signed by himself and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
“We are the oldest continually serving democratically elected legislative body in the world,” Cyr said. “So these citations go into that posterity.”
Like Fernandes, Cyr thanked Hanavan for 30 years of police service. He presented a certificate signed by himself and Senate President Karen Spilka.
“Dan’s evenhanded, gentle but firm style really fit the bill, and you really led us out of a period of darkness per se, and into the light,” Israel said. Israel presented Hanavan with a commemorative glass plaque etched with stars and stripes.