Former Congers resident Christopher Elg, a retired New York State trooper once wounded in a sneak attack, has been hired as the police chief of Tequesta in Palm Beach County, Fla.
Elg took over the 20-member village department after spending nine years as the police chief of West Monroe in Louisiana.
As a trooper in New York, Elg and Trooper Noel Sanchez were shot in 1994 by Victor Pulecio of New Jersey.
Pulecio lured both troopers to an industrial area of Valley Cottage by posing as a treasury agent. Both troopers survived to testify against Pulecio, who was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced by Judge William Nelson to 50 years to life in state prison.
Elg’s brother, Eric, also was a state trooper after starting his career with the Spring Valley police in 1985 and 1986. Eric Elg, 34, was shot to death by his girlfriend in 1998 in Rotterdam, outside Albany. She then killed herself.
Christopher Elg replaces Chief Pete Pitocchelli, who retired in December because of health reasons, according to an article on The Palm Beach Post.
“My family and I are very excited about Florida,” said Elg, a father of three. “This is a nice community.”
Elg, who signed a five-year contract with an annual salary of $118,000, has worked in law enforcement for 28 years.
Here’s The Palm Beach Post article.