“You take this,” he told Keefe. “I’m done. Good luck.”
Pattullo is taking a job as Chief Operating Officer of a private security firm in Boston. He will retire with a full pension, based roughly on 80 percent of his $154,000 salary, as well as a lump-sum payment of more than $100,000 in sick time and vacation pay.
Keefe was sworn as Pattullo’s replacement by Town Clerk Larry Murphy. A ceremonial swearing-in will take place next week. He was slated to start at a salary of more than $130,000 a year.
“This is a big transition,” said Keefe, who was chosen by Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski and approved by the Board of Selectmen. “What he’s done in the last 15 years as chief, he moved the department into the 21st century. He had a progressive style of leadership. He will be missed.”
Keefe said he hoped to carry on in Pattullo’s footsteps.
“I will continue with his vision and keep that progressive style,” Keefe said. “Cutting-edge technology and law enforcement, professionalism and community outreach, and making sure we’re out there and transparent.”
Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said Pattullo made him feel very comfortable when he came in as chief from the Nashua department six years ago.
“He was phenomenal to work with,” Mansfield said. “When I first got here, he was very open. He greeted me with open arms.”
Selectman Paul Salafia said he was also sorry to see Pattullo go.
“You worry about a lot of departments,” he said. “I never worried about the police. It’s a buttoned-down department.”
He noted that “every department has issues” but that Pattullo solved problems “methodically, whether it was a personnel or policy matter. Whatever it was, he solved it with professionalism, and that builds confidence.”
Whenever Selectmen heard about a problem, he said, “we saw how it was solved and it was done before it ever reached us. I loved the way he handled the department.”