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McGarry wearing two hats while filling in for Scuncio

July 14, 2011


Town Manager William McGarry sits behind his desk at the Crandall House.

HOPKINTON - For the last two weeks, Town Manager William McGarry has been a very busy man. Aside from his daily business as Town Manager, where he works at the Crandall House on Route 3, he has been acting as Hopkinton Police Chief. While this may seem like a daunting undertaking to most, McGarry is no stranger to the dual responsibility.

McGarry comes from a law enforcement background, having served 25 years on the Rhode Island State Police. During his time with the State Police, he worked as a uniformed trooper and a detective, among other duties. He also served for over 13 years as the Smithfield Police Chief, in a town with a significantly larger population than Hopkinton. While he was working as the Smithfield Police Chief, he also had to serve as acting Town Manager in Smithfield for a while, and was up to the challenge.
So when Hopkinton Police Chief John Scuncio retired on July 1, after 15 years of service, the town council didn’t need to look very far for the perfect interim replacement. Just down Route 3 at the Crandall house sat a man behind a desk that had been in this position before.

“Naturally, it’s an increase in duties and responsibilities,” McGarry said, “but I try to spend a few hours down at the police station every morning.”

McGarry admitted that he needed some time to regain his footing as a police chief and become familiar with the specifics of the Hopkinton Police Dept. He has began a routine of starting his days at the police station before retreating back to his duties during the afternoons as the town manager.

While McGarry has extensive experience, and knows what it’s like to juggle the obligations of a police chief and of a town manager, he will not be Scuncio’s long term replacement.

“I’m not interested,” he said with resolve.

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