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Seekonk Selectmen Appoint Police Chief

Craig Mace will begin his new job March 16.

In a move that surprised absolutely nobody, the Seekonk Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 Wednesday night to appoint Capt. Craig Mace as the police department's new chief. Mace will begin his new job March 16, the day after Chief Ronald Charron retires.

Various sources say selectmen already voted to promote Mace two weeks ago during an executive session meeting that took place behind closed doors. Bob McLintock, the lone selectman who, sources say, opposed the appointment prior to a lengthier search process being done, was not in attendance Wednesday.

Mace has worked in the department for 27 years, including the past seven years as a captain. Charron and Town Administrator Pam Nolan recommended his appointment. It would be an "almost seamless transition," Nolan said.

"I am putting all my faith in Craig Mace and I know he will not let us down as a town," she said. "He's a good representative with a sterling record. I call him the straight arrow, and I think he'll do this town and the department proud."

Board of Selectmen Chair Francis Cavaco said, "You cannot get a better man than Capt. Mace to take the position of chief."

More than 20 Seekonk police officers in attendance applauded after Mace's appointment became official. He thanked the town officials for their approval, and said his promotion would be a benefit for others in the department because they too can advance to higher positions.

"It keeps us a destination department and it gives our younger people something to look forward to," he said.

Mace thanked Charron, who will remain with the department as a "special officer" following his retirement. He said Charron was a good administrator and friend of everybody in the department.

"In any supervisory position, we can't always be friends, but we can be caring and look out for each other, and Chief Charron's been that as well," Mace said. "Very commendable, something to emulate, and I try to do that myself, and I would hope that our younger officers follow suit."

Although Mace's first day as chief will be March 16, the public installation ceremony is tentatively scheduled to take place the next day at the Johnson & Whales Inn.

Emcee of Seekonk January 24, 2013 at 12:13 PM
A big thank you to the BOS for allowing this to happen: an easy transition from one police chief to another. Seekonk couldn't have found a better or a more suitable person to appoint. Congratulations to our newly-minted Chief Mace.
Jonathan Friedman January 24, 2013 at 01:43 PM
I expanded the story with some quotes and additional information. Congratulations to Craig Mace on his appointment.
Amy January 24, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Congratulations! Great to see well deserved promotions from within. Best of luck to you.
David C. Couper January 26, 2013 at 06:40 PM
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Cheif Tanis J. Tavernier Jr February 01, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Congratulations Chief Mace and hope for a great retirement for Chief Charron. I would thank the selectmen that attended the meeting to appoint Chief Mace to oversee this fine department. From the looks of the article things have not changed with Mr. McLintock over the past 19 years when I relocated to New Hampshire after being employed with the Seekonk Police Department for 12 years. Maybe he should miss a few more meatings

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