Marshfield: New Police Chief Phil Tavares sworn in at ceremony

New Police Chief Phil Tavares's son Antony pins on badge with help from retiring Police Chief Bill Sullivan

A ceremony was held Thursday night at the Furnace Brook Middle School Auditorium, to swear in the town’s new Police Chief Phil Tavares.

The Irish-American Society of Police Officers played bag pipes and drums and was flanked by the Marshfield Police Color Guard, as hundreds of people – dignitaries, family and friends – witnessed the swearing in ceremony to promote Marshfield Police Captain Phil Tavares to the position of Police Chief.

Selectmen Chair Matt McDonough had these kind words for Tavares.

“The attendance this evening – a packed room – is evidence of the confidence and trust that our residents and the professionals from the law-enforcement community, have in Phil Tavares’s ability to lead our police department.

Phil’s stellar academic work, his professional history and his devotion to Marshfield, have brought him to the leadership of our police department.

Perhaps the best evidence of his abilities comes from the people whose live he has saved and changed, for the better”, McDonough said.

Tavares told the audience that he’s extremely excited to begin his new job, as Marshfield’s new police chief.

“First I’d like to say how humbled I am, to be standing in front of all of you here tonight. It’s truly an honor to be the next chief of police here in the town of Marshfield.

I feel that tonight marks a new era and a new beginning for the police department and I’m excited to start that.

Along this journey I would like to let all of you know, that I am committed to continuing my hard work to make the Marshfield Police Department, the best that it can be”.

State Representative Jim Cantwell, a representative from Congressman Bill Keating’s office, the Marshfield Board of Selectmen, former Police Chief Bill Sullivan and Plymouth County Commissioner Tony O’Brien were also on hand for the ceremony.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.