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Selectmen Appoint New Police Sergeant

by Bobby Blair
May 18, 2017

The Moriarty Clan, Lauder 6, Canon 9, Merrik 11 and Aldrin 6, made a public plea and presentation to selectmen Wednesday night for the need of a swap shop in town. The kids cited the need for less rubbish removal along with surrounding communities which already operate a free second hand swap shop. The kids new venture was taken under advisement. The kids suggested the Marshall Street Recycling Center as the logical site for the swap shop.

Selectmen paid tribute to Bill Tobin who recently passed away calling him genuine, and Chairman Conley saying that he had a great quality to his life.

The board interviewed three candidates from the present department for the position of sergeant. Ken Belson above has served the local force for 10 years and has been a police officer for 18 years. Belson previously served on the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Task force and has a background in martial arts.  Belson presently teaches a defensive course to area community departments.

Todd Hagan has been a police officer for 19 years, 15 of those in Holliston. Hagan presently is a training officer with the department and handles scheduling along with working with the dispatchers updating a new 911 system. Officer Hagan cited his ease with being promoted as he would not completely be out of the patrol function.

Officer Jonathan Remkus served in Afghanistan as a team leader and on the Worcester State Police Force before coming to Holliston. Remkus believes that over the past 15 years the public trust with police forces nation wide has been lost and needs to be rebuilt. Remkus stated his biggest disappointment in the profession was not being selected for the Westboro department.

Selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Ken Belson to the sergeant's position.

Jay Leary in his final meeting on the board thanked the many past and present people in town government who have made his past 6 years on the board enjoyable. Leary became emotional when he thanked his parents for moving to Holliston 49 years ago. Town Administrator Jeff Ritter handled the task of cutting up the cake.

 

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