QUINCY – Mayor Thomas Koch today appointed 15 new police officers in an addition aimed at expanding the Quincy Police Department’s day-to-day ability to dedicate public safety resources where they are needed across the City.
The appointments include 5 United States military veterans and 4 women. Mayor Koch has made expanding police ranks a high priority, and the appointments include 6 new positions included as part of this year’s budget as well as projected openings that will be filled.
Mayor Koch said that the with another state-run Police Academy being scheduled in the near future, he may make additional appointments that would otherwise wait until the new City budget takes effect this summer. With preparing additional officers dependent on Police Academy schedules, it makes sense to make the additions now rather than waiting months or even up to a year for one to be scheduled, Mayor Koch said.
“The men and women of the Quincy Police Department do a tremendous job every day keeping our citizens safe, and we are committed to expanding its capabilities when possible to ensure it can continue to provide the level of protection our residents expect and deserve,” said Mayor Koch.
All the appointments follow the order of the most recent Civil Service exam list, with candidates passing a background, psychological and physical test before they are deemed eligible for appointment. Police Chief Paul Keenan did not participate directly in the candidate screening as his son, Andrew, is among the appointees. Andrew Keenan is also the nephew of Mayor Koch.
The new patrolmen are: Michael Reilly, Sean Crowley, Veronica Acevedo, Christopher Fish, William Griffin, Bryan Donovan, Andrew Keenan, Tara Waters, Eugene Smith, Michael Dougan, David Sansevero, Jeffrey Bossart, Sean Fitzgerald, Maura Hayes and Erin McFarland.