“He instituted a lot of the things like having policemen visible downtown, putting them on bicycles, walking around downtown ... It was all a sense of getting the police department visible so they could associate with people,” he said.
Selectman Paul Salafia said he tried to talk Pattullo out of retiring, “but it’s hard to talk him out of it, because it’s his time.”
“It’s a very demanding job, and being police chief takes a lot out of you,” Salafia said. “I think he was ready to move to something different, something he thinks will be a little more challenging for him, in a different way. It’s hard to compete with that.”
Pattullo said he has informed his officers that Stapczynski has selected Keefe to succeed him once he retires.
Keefe has been a member of the department for 15 years and is a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard.
Three internal candidates went through a process called an “assessment center” — an external process designed to find a person based on the community’s needs — to help the town manager decide who to name as the next chief.
“It’s a credit to the men and women of the police department that we have that talent and those people to take command,” Pattullo said.
Stapczynski said Keefe was selected because “we have a young department, and I needed someone who could continue the legacy that Brian has created, and really build on it with the youthful department that we have.”
Pattullo is not just the town’s police chief. The Board of Selectmen voted on July 2, 2012 to appoint Pattullo to be “keeper of the lockup” and director of the town’s emergency management, with both terms set to expire June 30. The keeper of the lockup position is unpaid, while the emergency management director position shares an annual $1,500 appropriation with the department’s lieutenant commander, who acts as deputy director of Emergency Management.