Millbury Open House Thursday To Welcome Chief Howell

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New Millbury Police Chief Ken Howell with resident Paul DiCicco at the December interview meet and greet. Howell will be introduced as the new chief at an open house Thursday night at the Asa Waters Mansion. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — Millbury has a new police chief and on Thursday night, the town is opening its doors to let the residents get a chance to meet him, talk with and get a sense of what he’s going to bring to the table as the head of the Millbury Police Department.

The Asa Waters Mansion will host the 7 p.m. event welcoming Chief Ken Howell as he officially takes the reins of the department. Howell is expected to be accompanied by members of his family, as well as members of the New Haven Police Department, where Howell served for many years.

Howell was the unanimous choice by the Selectmen after a long search for a new chief was conducted by the town. He received high marks from all during the panels and the interview process with the board.

The Millbury Board of Selectmen Tuesday evening ratified the chief’s contract and will welcome Howell prior to him being sworn in by Millbury Town Clerk Jayne Davolio. It is expected Howell’s daughter will pin on his new rank as the head of the department.

Selectmen Chairman E. Bernard Plante urged residents to attend the event, which is a prime chance to meet Howell prior to him assuming his duties around Jan. 28. In addition, there will be refreshments.

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It would have been nice if the event were to be held in a more wheelchair friendly location. Town Hall and the Library come to mind.

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