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Waltham councilors to vote on appointing Keith MacPherson as police chief

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 7, 2014 02:27 PM

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Waltham Acting Police Chief Keith MacPherson may soon be able to drop the "Acting" from his title.

Waltham City Council is slated to vote Monday on whether MacPherson will officially take on the police chief job vacated by Thomas LaCroix, who resigned this summer after a Concord District Court jury convicted him of assaulting his wife.

The council's vote on Monday is the last hurdle MacPherson has to overcome before becoming the next official police chief.

Mayor Jeannette McCarthy in January recommended MacPherson to take the position, which he has been manning since LaCroix was placed on administrative leave last summer.

"He's the deputy [chief] and I think he's been doing a wonderful job as acting chief," McCarthy said Friday.

The City Council's Committee of the Whole unanimously voted for MacPherson to permanently serve as chief last week, McCarthy said.

"They questioned him last week and they agreed to appoint him," she said. "All we need now is the final vote."

MacPherson earned the mayor's recommendation over police captains Steven Champeon, Donald Feeney and William Stanton, who were all also up for the position.

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 in October, 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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