Somerset picks new police chief

(Andy Paskowski/WPRI)

SOMERSET, MASS. (WPRI) – The Somerset Board of Selectmen unanimously chose a Lieutenant from the Randolph Police Department as the town’s new police chief.

The Selectmen announced their decision at a meeting Monday evening at the town’s middle school.

Lt. George McNeil will start the job as soon as possible, Chairman Donald Setters told Eyewitness News.

McNeil and Pawtucket Police Department Major Arthur Martins were the top two picks for the job, Setters said, but Martins was unwilling to move to Somerset upon taking the job and so the decision was made to bring McNeil aboard.

McNeil will fill the seat vacated by former chief Joseph Ferreira, who retired early last month. He joined the Randolph Police Department in 1986 as a patrolman and has been a Lieutenant since 2003.

Captain Stephen Moniz was the only in-house candidate for the position. A rowdy crowd of Moniz supporters was on hand for Monday night’s meeting, Setters said, and began to berate the Selectmen after the decision to hire McNeil was announced.

Moniz shook McNeil’s hand after the meeting and pledged to help make the transition to the new chief as smooth as possible, Setters said.

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