ANDOVER — Residents and selectmen were formally introduced Monday to the town manager’s selection to lead Andover’s police department, a man who the state counts on to inspect other police departments.
Andover Police Sgt. Pat Keefe was appointed to be the town’s next police chief at a Board of Selectmen meeting last night. The appointment, made by Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski, will be voted on at the board’s next meeting, scheduled for Monday, March 4.
Keefe will take over for current Chief Brian Pattullo, who will retire July 31 and begin working in the private sector.
Pattullo has been on the force for 32 years, including 15 at the head seat of the department. Keefe has been with the department for 15 years, hired months after Pattullo was promoted to chief.
A 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Keefe has served in campaigns in Bosnia and, most recently, in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to Stapczynski.
Keefe is also a 15-year member of the Mass. National Guard, where he is currently a lieutenant colonel. Officials “are very, very supportive of him, and they have him marked for higher office, or higher rank, in the National Guard,” Stapczynski said.
Keefe is also a police department accreditation assessor in the state, where he is responsible for inspecting other departments and ensuring policies, procedures, rules and regulations are in compliance with state guidelines, according to Stapczynski.
“It’s great to go into other departments and see how they handle business,” Keefe said. “You can take what you believe is a good idea and avoid what’s bad. It kind of opens your eyes to different things, different solutions to problems.”
While Monday’s meeting was a moment for Stapczynski to introduce Keefe, news of Pattullo’s retirement attracted just as much attention.