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Stillman to step down

July 2, 2015

Walpole Police Chief Richard Stillman will step down this month. Stillman, a Walpole native who now lives in Norfolk, has served as chief since 2002, and has been with the Walpole Police Department since 1977. He is 60 years old.

Stillman also currently serves on the town of Norfolk’s Advisory Committee, his town’s equivalent to Walpole’s Finance Committee.

Deputy Police Chief John Carmichael is seen as the Town Hall Establishment’s “heir-apparent” to the job, and at least four Selectmen seem eager to appoint him to the post. But Selectman David Salvatore called for more transparency in the hiring process at the board’s meeting Tuesday.

In recent years, the police department’s promotions have seen heavy scrutiny, as jockeying takes place within the department for positions that open up from a domino of vacancies.

Meanwhile, former Selectman candidate Robert Luce filed an explosive lawsuit against the Walpole Police Department in May, alleging political motivations in some of the department’s actions.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Michelle permalink
    July 2, 2015 9:56 AM

    Mr Obar, You should realize by now that Mr. Luce is not an honorable person. Having grown up with him I can a test to his lack of character and I would think you would want to distance your self from someone like him. I have been following you for a few years and when you reference a man like Mr Luce it really brings your creditability down. I would think you would be all over a man like Mr Luce who has been cheating the system for years.

    • July 2, 2015 6:58 PM

      Point taken. But he filed a lawsuit against the police department, which is newsworthy.

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