Pembroke: Town welcomes a new police chief

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After 26 years with the Pembroke Police Department, Sergeant Rick Wall is now the police chief. His predecessor, Chief Mike Ohrenberger who retires this week, recommended Wall’s appointment and during the swearing in ceremony he shared his knowledge of the job with Pembroke’s new chief.

“As the pressure, as the work comes to overwhelm you from time to time, take care of yourself, be loyal to yourself, be loyal to your officers, be loyal to the Town of Pembroke, take a yoga class or maybe two,” joked Ohrenberger

Wall is a Pembroke resident himself and a father of four. As the new police chief, he wants to focus on community relations. “I want the police department and the community to be better partners. I’ve always felt that the patrolmen need to be with the people and the people need to be with the patrolmen; we need to know each other in order to fix any problems. So if I do nothing else in my time here, I’m going to try to accomplish that,” said Wall

Elected officials, such as State Representative Dan Webster and Plymouth County Sheriff Joe MacDonald, attended Wednesday night’s ceremony and spoke highly of Wall—calling him a dedicated and caring law enforcement official.

“I know that in Rick Wall, Pembroke is getting a police chief who is a stellar manager. But what I want to say, and I’m speaking from the heart as I say it, is that the Pembroke Police Department and the Town of Pembroke is getting much more than just a manager, you’re getting a leader. A leader doesn’t just do things right, he does the right thing and you know what? This man will always do the right thing,” said MacDonald

Town Clerk MaryAnn Smith swearing in Chief Rick Wall

Sheriff Joe MacDonald

Chief Rick Wall with wife Dominica

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.