Marshfield: Town officials honor retiring Police Chief

Marshfield selectmen honored Police Chief Bill Sullivan at their meeting Monday night.  

Friends and family honor Marshfield Police Chief Bill Sullivan.

The chief is retiring after an astounding 43 years of service on the police force.

It was way back in 1969 – 43 years ago that Bill Sullivan joined the Marshfield Police force. He moved up the ranks to become the police chief in 1985 and has served in that capacity over the last 27 years.

He says the most rewarding aspect of the job was helping families in need.

“From the day that I started and saw the types of things that being a police officer could lead you to do; the types of impacts you could have with families that were in crisis – it was like no other job in the world”, the chief said.

Marshfield Selectman John Hall praised the chief for building up such a fine and well respected police force.

“The legacy that you’re leaving, that is your legacy, of how the police department is and how you formed that police department; it’s really one of the best police departments in Greater Boston and I hear that from a lot of people”, Hall said.

Chief Sullivan says he fully supports Captain Phil Tavares, in his bid to become the town’s new police chief.


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.