If it were up to Seekonk Police Chief Ronald Charron, his second-in-command Capt. Craig Mace would replace him in March when he retires. Charron made this recommendation to the Board of Selectmen at the Wednesday night meeting.
Town Administrator Pam Nolan said she supported the recommendation. The board discussed the matter during an executive session that followed the public portion of the meeting.
"There's absolutely no reason why we should go outside of the department," Charron told Seekonk Patch after the meeting. "[Mace] is my left-hand and right-hand man. He's eminently qualified. He's intelligent and has integrity. He's been involved in running this department for seven years."
Charron, who joined the department in 1981 and has served as chief since 2006, notified Nolan about his plan to retire last month. It was first reported by The Sun Chronicle last week. His last day on the job will be March 15. The board accepted Charron's request Wednesday to keep him on the force as a "special police officer."
"I'm not retiring for any particular reason except that I have reached the age and I have the years in," Charron said. "There is no hidden reason."