Cohasset: Selectmen Reject Police Chief Appointment

Cohasset selectmen voted against the town manager’s appointment of a new police chief at their meeting Tuesday night.

The vote was 3 to 2 against appointing Weymouth Police Captain Joe Comperchio as Cohasset’s new police chief.

The appointment, made by Town Manager Chris Senior, was under pressure by those who supported Acting Police Chief Bill Quigley as the next chief.

Quigley came in as one of the top candidates.

Selectmen Steve Gaumer, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Schubert voted no to the appointment.

They argued that the police force has been stable over the last 3 years under Quigley’s leadership.

Selectman Kevin McCarthy said, “We got the force that we could dream for to have. We got a great force. There’s nothing that we could want to have in the future that I don’t think that they can do, or that we should at least give them a chance to do.”

Selectman Karen Quigley said she’s disappointed in what she sees as a political vote.

“I see yet again a political board, making a political decision and I see a return to the tyranny of the minority of a very vocal, political group.”

Selectman Diane Kennedy said she voted in favor of the town manager’s selection, even a great personal peril.

“Even though it will probably alienate me from just about every friend I have in town – my own spouse and everybody else I know – I’m inclined to support the decision of the professional manager!”

 

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.