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Early exit after 33 years for Waltham Police chief

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 5, 2007 11:31 AM

Waltham Deputy Police chief Keith MacPherson gives the Waltham Devil Dogs Pop Warner team a pep talk. On Monday, MacPherson will take on a new duty: acting police chief.


With one simple sentence, Police Chief Edward J. Drew has ended 33 years of service with the city of Waltham - a week earlier than he had been expected to depart.

City Personnel Director Brenda Capello said that she received Drew's letter of resignation on June 29. The letter stated: "To confirm my previous conversations I am retiring as chief of police effective June 30, 2007."

Capello said she did not know why the date differed from the July 7 date for Drew's departure given to her by the city's retirement board.

The city ordinances state that when the chief of police is absent, the deputy chief, in this case Keith MacPherson, would perform the chief's duties. But MacPherson is on vacation until Monday, and the task now falls to Captain Donald Russo, the most senior of the department's captains.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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