As the Braintree mayor’s office conducts a search for the next police chief, Lieutenant Michael Moschella will serve in the role in the interim, town officials announced Friday.
Moschella is temporarily taking over the role upon the retirement of Chief Paul Frazier, who formally relinquished his duties to Moschella during a brief swearing in ceremony conducted by Sullivan on Friday afternoon at the Braintree Police Department.
“Mike is someone who I am confident will provide excellent stewardship of our Police Department as we continue the process of hiring a permanent Chief,” Sullivan said. “The town is fortunate that Mike has agreed to step up.”
Moschella will serve in the role as Sullivan’s office narrows down the candidates for a permanent appointment to the position. Although there were 22 initial applicants, that group has been narrowed to 11.
Sullivan said he wanted to avoid bias in the selection process by picking an interim chief who was not applying for the job.
“Lieutenant Moschella, while certainly a capable officer with an outstanding record of service, did not apply for the permanent position,” Sullivan said. “We expect to make a final selection of the permanent chief by mid-September.”
Moschella was hired to the Braintree Police Department in November of 1996. He was promoted to sergeant in 2005 and lieutenant in 2008.
He has a BA in Management from Bryant University and a Master's Degree from Western New England College.
As for Frazier, who announced his retirement in May, the change marks the end of over 30 years on the police force.
Initially appointed to the Braintree Police Department in 1980, he became chief in 1993. He was re-appointed chief by Sullivan in 2010.
A retirement reception is scheduled for Sept. 8 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at Town Hall.
Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased by cash or check at the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall. Tickets are in advance only. For more information, contact Jenny Frazier 781-910-8711