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Waltham mayor announces four local candidates for police chief job

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 7, 2013 05:07 PM

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Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy will interview three local police captains and the department's interim chief for the police chief job vacated by Thomas LaCroix, who resigned this summer after a Concord District Court jury convicted him of assaulting his wife.

McCarthy will interview police captains Steven Champeon, Donald Feeney and William Stanton and interim chief Keith MacPherson, who took over for LaCroix after he was placed on administrative leave last summer.

McCarthy said she will recommend one of the candidates to the City Council, who will then approve or deny the recommendation.

McCarthy said she is unsure of how long the process will take, or when a final candidate will be announced.

Last year, LaCroix made $163,119 in salary and longevity pay as police chief, according to payroll records.

Waltham's Retirement Board voted unanimously to approve his pension benefits last month, which will equal out to more than $80,000 a year based on a state retirement formula.

LaCroix’s pension benefits will begin dating back to July 10, the date he resigned, officials said.

The Waltham Retirement Board’s decision comes after a Concord District Court jury found LaCroix guilty on June 26 of assaulting his wife, Andrea, last year. LaCroix resigned from his post July 10, the same day Judge J. Elizabeth Cremens sentenced him to 18-months’ probation.

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