MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury Board of Selectmen honored retiring Chief of Police Mark Moore on Tuesday evening after more than 30 years of service to the town.
“Mark stepped up when he was needed and gave 180 percent,” Selectmen Chairman E. Bernard Plante said. “He provided leadership and brought the department up to speed on where we should be. He instituted policies and procedures that were sorely needed."
Plante gave Moore a token of respect from the town as well as his chief’s badge, saying he may “need it in your undercover work in Florida” and making a joke about Moore’s goatee grown since he stepped down in November.
Moore said he was asked more than once, “Why would you do that?” in regards to becoming the police chief, joking that even his wife asked him that.
He said he took the job because he was needed and because he was asked to. Moore was joined at the meeting by his wife and several family members as well as members of the department.
State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and state Rep. Paul Frost read proclamations honoring Moore from the Massachusetts State Senate and House on the occasion of his retirement.
Moore thanked many in town who supported him, notably Town Manager Bob Spain, Town Clerk Jayne Davolio and Finance Director Brian Turbitt as well as the support of the Police Department.
In other police news, Millbury received a grant of more than $50,000 from the Department of Homeland Security for new portable radios for its police officers, Spain said.
The grant, Spain said, would upgrade the department's portable radios, which at times are officers' only lifeline when outside police cruisers. It was not known when the new radios would be available.