Scituate: Police chief announces retirement

Scituate’s police chief is retiring after 11 years as chief and 39 years as a member of the Scituate Police Department.

Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi announced that Police Chief Brian Stewart is retiring effective June 30.

However, the chief will serve as interim director of police services and continue to run the department until a new chief can be found.

“I received a retirement notification from Chief Stewart that he’ll be retiring as our chief after 11 years, on June 30. I’d just like to publicly thank him for his commitment, dedication and unquestionable integrity that’s lead that department and he as a member for the past 39 years”, Vinchesi said.

Vinchesi is forming a police chief search committee, which includes Selectmen Chair Shawn Harris, Selectman Tony Vegnani and other committee members, including Marshfield Police Chief Phil Tavares, retired Longmeadow Police Chief and former Executive Director of the Mass. Chiefs of Police Association Richard Marchese, Police Union President Mark Thompson, Scituate High School Principal Robert Wargo, as well as three community at large members appointed by the board of selectmen.

After work by the search committee and an assessment committee, the public will be invited to meet the finalists – with the town administrator making the final appointment for police chief sometime in September.


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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.