CHARLESTOWN - A 5-member selection committee appointed South Kingstown Police Capt. Jeffrey Allen as the new Chief of Police in Charlestown on Monday night. Allen will replace 30-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Dept. Jack Shippee, who stepped down in June.
Allen has been a South Kingstown police officer for almost 26 years, and said that while he is excited for his new position, he will miss the community he has served for so long.
â€śGetting appointed to Charlestown is bittersweet,â€ť Allen said. â€śIâ€™m looking forward to the opportunity to lead that agency, but Iâ€™m going to miss the men and women I work with here and the community that I serve. Iâ€™ve spent a lot of time here, Iâ€™ve been here since I was 24.â€ť
Allen will meet with Acting Charlestown Town Manager Pat Anderson, who was a member of the appointing committee, to determine his exact start date, which is expected to be in a few weeks. He said that he is ready to learn the department and lead it.
â€śBeing a new chief, I need to go down there and assess the situation,â€ť Allen said. â€śI already know Iâ€™m going into an excellent police department with great personnel. I need to take time to learn the department, the personnel and the community. I plan to listen to my command staff and go from there.â€ť
â€śI plan on leading the department into the future,â€ť he added.
Lieutenant Michael Paliotta of Charlestown has been the acting chief in Shippeeâ€™s absence for the past few months. Charlestown Town Council President Tom Gentz said that while he believes it is beneficial to have someone from the inside move up when a new position opens, Capt. Allen was the best candidate for the position.
â€śThe town of Charlestown hired the best person for the job,â€ť Gentz, who was part of the interview committee, said Tuesday. â€śCapt. Allen provided a great interview, he is an exceptional person.â€ť
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