Select Board Meeting Part 1: The Swearing In

Monday evening, the Select Board convened in special session to swear in four Holliston Police Department members to their new roles. The crowd was large enough to warrant holding the session in the Upper Town Hall. Several photos follow that capture the important milestone in these officers’ police careers.

Select Board Chair Mark Ahronian opened the meeting and welcomed all in attendance to this very special occasion.
Family, friends, and fellow officers from nearby towns and the State Police were on hand to lend support to these officers as the assumed their new roles.
Chief Matthew Stone acted as Master of Ceremonies, introducing the town and state dignitaries in attendance.
(R – L) Chief Stone is joined by LT Chad Thompson and Ben Kaplan, representing State Representative Carolyn Dykema. Behind those seated are members of HPD’s Auxiliary force (which newly promoted LT Leurini heads)
(L – R) Select Board Vice Chair John Cronin, Select Board Clerk Tina Hein, Town Clerk Elizabeth Greendale and Town Administrator Jeff Ritter.
Allison Lee, Ananya Gargy, Ava Darling, Chloe Drohan, and Renee Torio opened the ceremony with a beautiful a Capella arrangement of our National Anthem
Ben Kaplan delivered State Citations to each of the officers on behalf of Representative Dykema
Officer Hanna Ciavarra, is sworn in by Town Clerk Liz Greendale while her family looks on. Officer Ciavarra recently completed the Lowell Police Academy, earning the Officer Sean Collier Honor Graduate distinction. Officer Ciavarra’s mother, Christine pinned on Hanna’s badge. By the way, Officer Ciavarra’s field training began Monday evening.
After Officer Chris Avey was sworn in by the Town Clerk, his badge was pinned by his father LT (retired) Don Avey formerly of the Marlboro Police Department. Officer Avey comes to Holliston with extensive prior training and experience.
Newly promoted SGT Todd Hagan (without his K-9 partner Mattis) was sworn in by the Town Clerk. His wife pinned on his new badge as his children look on.
HPD’s newest Lieutenant, George Leurini, a sixteen year veteran on the local force, has his badge pinned on by his sister, MA State Police Trooper Carol Leurini as his family looks on.

Congratulations to each of these officers as they set out to perform the duties that keep our community safe.

The officers, families, and friends enjoyed socializing with cake while the Select Board moved downstairs to conduct the remainder of the evening’s agenda.

Stay tuned for part 2 of the Select Board meeting coverage in tomorrow’s edition.

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  1. Pat Fuller on October 24, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Heart warming. Thank you all, including Chris and Yvette for keeping us informed.

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