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Wrentham police won't support interim chief's bid to serve beyond age 65

Posted November 18, 2007 12:07 PM

WRENTHAM

Detective Sergeant William McGrath, the former president of the Wrentham Police Association, said Wrentham officers oppose allowing the town's police chief to serve beyond the age of 65 because "it would compromise the promotional process that is in place."

Town Meeting voters last week voted down a proposal to ask the state for permission to allow the chief serve beyond the mandatory retirement age.

McGrath said the officers' stance against the change is not a reflection on Richard Gillespie, who selectmen named to serve as a provisional chief until they appoint permanent replacement for Joseph Collamati. Gillespie will turn 65 next September.

"We're 100 percent behind Chief Gillespie," McGrath said.

-- Calvin Hennick

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