MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury Board of Selectmen has chosen Lt. Ken Howell as the next Millbury Chief of Police.
Howell, a 21-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department, was the unanimous selection of the Selectmen during an open vote taken during Thursday night's meeting at Town Hall.
“The board has put in a lot of time and effort; we hired a consultant and did the best we can to protect the Town of Millbury and find the best candidate we can possibly find,” Board of Selectmen Chairman E. Bernard Plante said.
"We spent a lot of time with the five finalists and invited the townspeople to meet those finalists and serve on the panels to get to know them,” he said. “The selectmen and people took this seriously. … We have five outstanding candidates,” he added before the vote.
The vote was contingent upon Howell accepting the position and then passing a physical.
The meeting was attended by many members of the Millbury Police Department. “The Millbury Police Association would like to congratulate Lt. Ken Howell for the position of the chief of police," Public Affairs Officer Andrea Warpula said. "We did support him after an exhaustive panel of interviews and we’re very happy to have him."
Howell could bring stability to the chief's position vacated in 2011 by former Chief Richard Handfield. Since Handfield's retirement, the spot was filled first by Sgt. Donald Desorcy, who served as acting chief from July to Oct. 2011 before he was replaced by Acting Chief Mark Moore. Desorcy is now back in the acting chief role after Moore stepped down in November.