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Newton police chief to retire

Posted by David Dahl, Regional Editor October 11, 2008 08:44 AM

Newton Police Chief John O'Brien announced Friday that he will retire.

O'Brien, 59, was sworn in as police chief in January 2005, but spent a total of 36 years as a police officer in town.

As chief, he inherited the high-pressure responsibility of managing policing for a community dubbed the safest city in America.

Jeremy Solomon, a spokesman for Mayor David Cohen, said O'Brien continued a level of excellence throughout his tenure as chief, including a second safest city award for the city. Newton has formed a search committee to find O'Brien's replacement.

O'Brien's last day as chief has not yet been announced.

According to this 2005 Globe profile, O'Brien comes from a ''police family." His father was a longtime member of the Boston Police Department who died of a heart attack at 63 while driving home from work.

He's an avid reader of novels; right now sitting on his couch is Nelson DeMille's ''Night Fall," about an NYPD homicide detective. He and his wife, Stacey, live in Upper Falls, and they also own a home in Naples, Fla., where they stay a half-dozen times a year.

''We love the warm weather, the palm trees, and the sand," O'Brien said in 2005. ''You have to have a little piece of paradise, and that's mine."

1 comments so far...
  1. Best wishes JJ! You've had a good run as Chief. Congratulations

    Posted by Jay Dee October 13, 08 05:10 PM
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