June 23 2015

Police Chief Reappointed for Five More Years

By: Rich Hosford

Leadership at the Burlington Police Department will continue as it has for half a decade. 

Town Administrator John Petrin reappointed Police Chief Michael Kent to another five year term in his position. The Board of Selectmen voted to waive the 15-day waiting period. 

Kent was first appointed as Burlington Police Chief in 2010 after moving from his position of captain with the Amherst Police Department. 

Petrin said Kent has done a great job in his tenure as chief. He pointed to the selectmen meeting two weeks ago when the room was packed with members of the department there to watch as two new recruits were made full-time officers and Captain Thomas Duffy as the department’s first deputy chief. 

“He has done an outstanding job providing leadership in the department,” Petrin said. “It’s a wonderful department.”

Members of the Board of Selectmen agreed. 

“I just need to say thank you for staying,” Selectman Bob Hogan said. “We saw at the last meeting the dedication of the department, the respect the officers have for you and the respect you have for them.”

“I think that’s ditto all the way around,” Selectman Chris Hartling said. 

“I think we’re all pleased at how things are going at the police department and we’re looking for another smooth five years,” Board Chair Michael Runyan said. 

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