Westerly taps longtime officer as new police chief
WESTERLY, R.I.—Westerly officials have selected a longtime veteran of the police department as its new chief.
Capt. Edward St. Clair had been Westerly's acting police chief since Edward Mello retired in September to take a similar job in Jamestown.
The 47-year-old St. Clair accepted the offer last week to permanently take over as chief, and contract details were being worked out to present to the town council on Monday.
St. Clair has been with the department for almost 23 years, moving through the ranks in positions such as school service officer, detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant and captain.
Town Council President Donna Serra tells The Westerly Sun (http://bit.ly/uteJtP) that St. Clair has their "full respect and support" as the new chief.
A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled Dec. 12 at town hall.