Marshfield: Town names new Police Chief

Newly named Police Chief Phil Tavares (center) with wife Jeannine, son Anthony and Marshfield Selectmen.

Marshfield selectmen met Monday night to name Marshfield Police Captain Phil Tavares as the town’s new police chief.

Selectmen Chair Matt McDonough had these kind words for Tavares.

“You are by far, one of the most professional, educated, sincere, ethical law enforcement officers I’ve had the pleasure to work with in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It’s our great pleasure to be able to be here tonight, to hear what you have to say about your vision for the future of this police department and to see all the support that you have from this community – the unanimous support, of the entire police department! I have not heard a single complaint about your decision making processes or how you treat people in this town. That speaks so much, about the quality of character that you posses”, McDonough said.

Selectman John Hall also praised Tavares and said, “It’s an outstanding resume. Then when you add that he has the confidence of his department and the confidence of the community – that’s one of the reasons why I ran for election, because I wanted to be part of this transition. The great job that (former police chief) William Sullivan did – laying the groundwork down for a great department – and the transition of Captain Tavares taking over. You have my confidence. This is one of the easiest decisions I’ve had to make, sitting in one of these three chairs”!

Tavares, the only candidate for the position, is so well respected that 5 others withdrew their applications in a show of support.

He’ll replace Police Chief Bill Sullivan, who’s retiring after 43 of service.


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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.