Acting Chief of Police Appointed Town of Arlington

Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager for the Town of Arlington announces that Captain Juliann Flaherty of the Arlington Police Department has been appointed the Acting Police Chief for the Town of Arlington.
This appointment is being made due to the planned retirement of Chief Fred Ryan, who has served the department as Chief for nearly twenty years. While the process of recruiting and selecting a permanent Chief moves forward, Captain Flaherty will assume of the role of Acting Chief. This Acting appointment may last as long as a year based on current discussions regarding the appointment process for the Chief’s position.
Captain Flaherty was selected from a pool of seven internal applicants, three Police Captains and four Police Lieutenants. The selection committee included Adam Chapdelaine, Town Manager, Sandy Pooler, Deputy Town Manager and Caryn Malloy, Director of Human Resources.
“I am very pleased to appoint Captain Flaherty as Acting Chief of the Arlington Police Department”, said Adam Chapdelaine. “Her breadth and depth of police experience, combined with her dedication to the community policing model that has been in place in Arlington for many years makes her a great fit for this role. I look forward to working with her in her new role as she strives to maintain the high standards of the department”, continued Chapdelaine.
Captain Flaherty has worked for the Arlington Police Department for 24 years, the last eight in the position of Captain where she has most recently commanded the Support Services and Logistics Division of the Department. Captain Flaherty previously served as Acting Chief for a period of two months in 2017. She has served as the department’s liaison to the Rainbow Commission, Marijuana Study Committee and Surveillance Study Committee, and was also the department’s representative at Permanent Town Building Committee meetings during the renovation of Police Headquarters. Captain Flaherty holds an MPA from Western New England College and a BS from Salem State College, and has completed many specialized trainings, including a recent program in Leadership in Homeland Security at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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