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Selectmen Vote to End Police Chief ’s Contract

Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin at last May's Police Memorial Sunday ceremonies (Kevin Rudden photo)

The Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 on September 17, with Chairman Michael Walsh dissenting, to not renew Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin's contract when it expires on June 30, 2019. Walsh read a terse statement, crafted by outside counsel, announcing the vote at the board's October 1 meeting. O'Loughlin, Milford's police chief for the past 16 years, has hired his own attorney and plans to fight his dismissal. (Editor's Note: Also see story, "Board Expressed 'Disappointment' with Chief," elsewhere in this issue.)

The only other comment made at the October

1 selectmen's meeting about their decision was by Selectman William Buckley, who said it was too early to thank O'Loughlin for his service, but noted, "The chief has served us well."

Contacted by the Town Crier in the aftermath

of the announcement, Walsh and Selectman

William Kingkade each said they would have no public comment about the board's decision. "He's [O'Loughlin] done a great job [as chief] and we're looking to transition to a long and thoughtful and deep process that Town Meeting outlined for selecting the next one," Buckley commented.O'Loughlin referred the Town Crier to attorney Ernest Horn – Mendon's former police chief – for comment. Horn represents former Deputy Police Chief James Heron in fighting his demotion to the rank of sergeant earlier this year.

"My office has been retained by Chief O'Loughlin to represent him in this matter and several other potential matters with the Board of Selectmen," Horn said. "Chief O'Loughlin has done an amazing job for the town during his tenure. He is not ready to leave and I do not think he will be leaving." Horn added, "They should be ashamed of themselves to treat him this way at this point in his career."

O'Loughlin has been Milford's police chief since July, 2002 – meaning he will have served 17 years in that capacity as of next June 30. Prior to coming to Milford, he served as chief of the MBTA Police Department for just under five years, chief of the Wellesley Police Department for just under six years, chief of the Wayland Police Department for six and one-half years and


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