Police officers, local officials, and town government employees came out in force on Wednesday afternoon as Braintree’s newest police chief, Russ Jenkins, was sworn in to his new position.
The ninth police chief for the town, Jenkins is a 29-year veteran of the Braintree Police Department.
He came out on top of a thorough and difficult selection process that lasted a little over two months, a process that started with 22 initial applicants that were slowly reduced to 12 to six to three, with Jenkins being the lone standing man at the end.
“Russ said to me…this was no gimme. And it’s true,” Mayor Joseph Sullivan said during the ceremony. “Yes, he was the second in command, with day-to-day operation, served second in command for eight years, but he had to compete. We had to make sure that the person we wanted to elevate to become our chief of police…was one we felt could do the job.”
Jenkins has served as deputy chief for the last eight years, and prior to that served as a lieutenant from 1987 to 2004, moving from the Patrol Bureau until 1997 when he was moved to the Detective Bureau.
Jenkins, a lifelong Braintree resident, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and has a certificate in Public Safety Leadership and Management from Suffolk University.
In 2001 he also attended Session 207 of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
For the new chief, Wednesday’s ceremony was overwhelming, he said.
“I can’t begin to explain how proud I am, how overwhelmed I am with this response,” he said. “I look forward to the challenges and look forward to improving our services, even a little bit. Although we have a great department now, as the mayor often says, we can do better.”
Already the new chief has taken actions to improve the department, talking with various parts of the department to implement changes.
“There are some great ideas out there and I’m hopeful we can work together with the town, with the department, to make some of these improvements a reality,” he said.