Edgartown’s newest full-time police officers are ready for duty just in time for the department’s busiest day of the year, when the town fills up for the Fourth of July parade and fireworks. Zachary Townes and Curtis Chandler were sworn in Monday.
Veteran Edgartown police officers Michael Gazaille and Joel DeRoche were promoted to the rank of sergeant and sworn in at the selectmen’s meeting Monday. Police chief David Rossi praised both men for their trustworthiness and long service to the town.
One day after his appointment as Edgartown police chief, David Rossi was already in full stride. On his first morning in the corner office, he had updated the department’s post office information, ordered new business cards and organized his desk.
The town’s acting police chief John M. (Jack) Collins recommended longtime Edgartown police officer David Rossi as the new police chief at a board of selectmen meeting. Selectmen took the recommendations under advisement.
Edgartown police said in a statement Wednesday they are running down leads based on responses from a community alert issued following the alleged assault on April 2 in the state forest. Police have a detailed description of the alleged attacker.
A week after police Chief Antone Bettencourt announced his retirement, the Edgartown selectmen have approved a plan to replace him. Labor attorney John M. (Jack) Collins will serve as interim chief while he helps the town identify a successor.