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Concord appoints interim police chief

Posted by Tom Coakley  October 15, 2013 03:16 PM

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Concord Town Manager Christopher Whelan said former Westwood Police Chief William Chase has been named the town’s interim chief of police.

Chase’s appointment takes effect Monday, Oct. 21. Lt. Tom Mulcahy will continue serving as acting chief until Chase takes over next week.

Chase retired from the Westwood Police Department in January after 10 years as chief. He served as police chief in the town of Harvard, from 1995 to 2003. He has also worked for the Framingham and Watertown police departments and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Whelan said Chase will serve for five to seven months while the town searches for a permanent chief to replace Barry Neal, who announced his retirement effective Sept. 29. Chase will not be a candidate for the permanent job.

“I am very pleased to have been able to locate an interim chief with great depth and breadth of experience in law enforcement in Massachusetts with a strong commitment to professionalism,’’ Whelan said. “I think he will continue to proud tradition of the Concord Police Department.’’

Sgt. Jack Kennedy served as acting chief immediately after Neal’s resignation but Mulcahy took over that role on Oct. 10 when Kennedy had plans to be out of state, Whelan said.

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