Kingston Selectmen appointed a new police chief Tuesday to replace Police Chief Joseph Rebello, who retires Friday. They interviewed four candidates, all current officers, all who joined the department in the mid-1980s and came through the ranks together.
After the interviews, Rebello gave his recommendation to the board: Lt. Maurice Splaine.
“All the candidates are great candidates,” Rebello said after the appointment. “They’re all great police officers.”
He said he saw the job as primarily an administrative task which Splaine had more experience with than the other three:
“Lt. Splaine has been my right hand,” Rebello said. “This year’s budget was produced entirely by Lt. Splaine.”
Selectman, and former Kingston Police Detective, Richard Arruda, moved to appoint Splaine. After also considering Detective Sergeant Robert Wells, the board voted to appoint Splaine.
Selectman, and current Police Sergeant, Susan Munford sat in on the interviews, but abstained from voting. Splaine will take over as acting Kingston Police Chief at the end of the business day Friday. He will assume full responsibility for the department pending contract negotiations with selectmen.
Rebello has taken out nomination papers to run for selectman.