Brighton has a new police chief. After an extended executive session at Monday night's Village Board meeting, trustees picked 55-year-old Lester P. "Pete" Levertt of Jerseyville to head the department. He brings 27 years of experience to the village, having spent most of his career in law enforcement in Virginia. He starts his new job next week.
A native of Calhoun County, Levertt now lives in Jerseyville, but will be moving to town as soon as possible. Levertt fills the void left by former chief William "Sarge" Norris, who stepped down in late June after 31 years of service. Levertt will have regular patrol duties, bringing the total number of full-time police in the village to four, with one part-timer on staff. The village would like to add one more of each at some point. The village board also made a move to hire Kirsten Blackorby as its new treasurer.