HOPKINTON - After a search that spanned nearly five months, the town of Hopkinton finally has it’s new police chief.
David S. Palmer, a current Lieutenant and 25 year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police (RISP), will be appointed to the post in early January, according to Town Manager, and Acting Police Chief, William McGarry.
McGarry said that the town interviewed all of the eight applicants to the position, and in the applicants he saw quality, not quantity.
“Although we didn’t get as many applicants as we had anticipated,” he said,”the quality of the applicant pool was very high.”
“Not only was [Palmer] well qualified, as were the other applicants, he seemed to be the best fit because he had the administrative experience we were looking for,” McGarry continued.
Palmer, in addition to his 25 years in the RISP, has previously served as the acting chief of the North Providence Police and the Capitol Police.
When Palmer is appointed, McGarry will be able to relinquish his duties as acting chief. He has been serving in two of the town’s highest positions since July 1, when former police chief John Scuncio retired abruptly after 15 years of service.
“I enjoyed the experience,” said McGarry of his time as acting chief. He said that it gave him the opportunity to take an in-depth look at the day-to-day operations of the Hopkinton Police Dept.