MILLBURY, Mass. — The Town of Millbury will be holding an Open House on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Asa Waters Mansion to welcome new Police Chief Ken Howell.
Howell was chosen over numerous other candidates to be Millbury’s next chief in December after a long process. The town recently has finished negotiations with Howell in regards to his pay and benefits and that was discussed by the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night in a closed executive session. It’s expected to be announced officially at the next Board of Selectmen Meeting on Jan. 22.
Howell comes to Millbury from the New Haven Police Department in Connecticut where he has served for 21 years in a variety of different positions and attaining the rank of lieutenant. He recently spent time with many of the officers in Millbury, getting to know the department and the town. There are upwards of 20 officers as well as the New Haven Chief of Police who are expected to attend to wish Howell well in his new position.
The mansion was chosen as the large conference room at the town hall was deemed too small to hold all the residents that would attend. There will be refreshments and residents can meet Howell, who takes over officially on or about Jan. 28.
Board of Selectmen Chairman E. Bernard Plante stated at his office on Wednesday morning that he hopes that a lot of Millbury residents can attend and meet the new chief.
“I think as many people that can attend, should,” Plante said. “It is a great way to meet the new chief and for him to meet the people of the town. I think he’s going to do a great job of leading the department into the future.”