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Chief change

Posted August 17, 2007 11:05 PM


Captain Thomas Lacroix will serve as Waltham's acting Chief of Police for the next three months, Mayor Jeannette McCarthy announced Monday . Former chief Edward Drew retired in June.

Lacroix has been on the force since 1986, and was promoted to Captain on May 13 of this year in the department's 911 Division. McCarthy said he was chosen out of four semifinalists for the chief's position for his enthusiasm for the job and for community outreach programs.

The other three candidates, who are all members of the Waltham Police Department, are Capt. Donald Feeney, Capt. Donald Russo , and Capt. William Stanton.

McCarthy said the next step is to create a screening committee who will interview the semifinalists and forward their recommendation to her. She would then send her recommendation to the City Council for confirmation.

Lacroix can hold the acting chief designation for up to six months, but McCarthy said she wants to make a permanent appointment for chief within three months.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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