Mayor Jeannette McCarthy has asked the Waltham City Council to appoint Thomas M. LaCroix as chief of police, according to a letter to council dated Dec. 6.
LaCroix, who has been acting chief since August, has worked for the department since 1986. He was hired as a police officer, and rose through the ranks as a sergeant and lieutenant before being appointed to a captain's position in May. He also has a master's degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College in Paxton.
City ordinances state that the City Council must wait at least seven days after the date of the mayor's recommendation before conducting an interview of the candidate, and must wait another seven days or more after that to vote on his or her confirmation. That means that the council's Committee of the Whole could interview LaCroix during its Dec. 17 meeting and approve his appointment by the end of the year.
The Council's last meeting of 2007 is Dec. 26.
-- Stephanie V. Siek
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