Millbury Selectmen Interview Police Chief Candidates

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Candidates for the next Millbury Police Chief include (from left) Richard Rudolph, Archilles Rethis, Bob Eaton, Edward Lee and Kenny Howell.
Candidates for the next Millbury Police Chief include (from left) Richard Rudolph, Archilles Rethis, Bob Eaton, Edward Lee and Kenny Howell. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — Five chief of police finalists met with Millbury residents Thursday after a closed interview session with the the Board of Selectmen and search committee members.

The finalists include:

  • Lt. Richard Rudolph, a 21-year member of the New York Police Department;
  • Capt. Archilles Rethis, a 23-year member of the Hartford, Conn., Police Department;
  • Lt. Kenny Howell, a 21-year member of the New Haven, Conn., Police Department;
  • Capt. Bob Eaton, a 22-year member of the Smithfield, R.I., Police Department;
  • Capt. Edward Lee, a 25-year member of the Woonsocket, R.I., Police Department.

The candidates are vying for the chief's position vacated in 2011 by former Police Chief Richard Handfield. Since Handfield's retirement, the spot was filled first by Sgt. Donald Desorcy, who served as acting chief from July to October 2011 before he was replaced by acting chief Mark Moore. Desorcy is now back in the acting chief role after Moore stepped down due to health reasons last month.

Millbury residents informally interviewed the finalists during the Town Hall meet and greet, which was followed by a second round of questions before the Board of Selectmen.

“This is a tough choice we have here, but we did it this way to keep the town not only informed but involved," Chairman E. Bernard Plante said. "Whatever the choice is, I think we’ve got five very good candidates and I believe that there isn’t a bad choice here.”

Plante said the search panel and Selectmen must have their choices in by Friday and the board will hold a special meeting Tuesday evening to announce its choice for the next chief.

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