Lt. Edward Guy agreed Pattullo would be missed.
“Brian was a guy who cared about his people,” he said. “He always had an open-door policy. If there was ever a personnel or personal issue, he’d sit down and talk about it and come up with a solution. He’s a caring guy.”
Lt. Guy, who transferred from Methuen nine years ago to the Andover department, worked with Pattullo closely on getting the department accredited, and was given the position of accreditation manager.
“He put me in different positions to succeed,” Guy said.
Pattullo’s mother Beatrice, 81, said she was proud of all four of her sons, two of whom became police officers and another who is still with the Andover Fire Department.
She said she never worried about her children or her late husband, Clifford, even though they were in public safety jobs.
“They never tell me too much,” she said. “They’ve been good sons, all four of them.”
She said she was excited for Brian’s new opportunity.
“It was about time for him to move,” she said. “This will be something different to keep him out of trouble.”
Pattullo’s partner, Ray Brown, agreed that “change is good. He’s ready to move on to new adventures in his life.”
Brown, who owns an Ipswich hair salon, said he was always treated respectfully by the officers in the department.
“They don’t have an issue with our lifestyle,” he said. “It all boils down to doing a great job. Your personal life is your personal life.”
He said while he thinks Pattullo will be busy in his new job, he may be able to help take care of the two new puppies they just got.
“They are English golden retrievers,” he said. “It’s like having two new babies.”