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Norwell taps former Hopkinton chief to lead police force

Norwell’s new police chief, Edward Lee, previously served in Hopkinton, where he was chief for six years before leaving in April of 2020.

Lee said at the time that he was looking for a new challenge as a police chief. Before coming to Hopkinton, Lee worked for the Woonsocket, R.I., Police Department, rising through the ranks to head the detective bureau.

The Board of Selectmen chose Lee from three finalists on Jan. 7 to replace Theodore Ross, who retired in November after 14 years as chief and 33 years in the police department.

The other finalists for the job were Chief John Carbone of Barre and Chief Leon Krolikowski of New Canaan, Conn.


Norwell’s police department, which has a budget of about $3.3 million, has a deputy chief, 24 full-time officers, and six special officers, as well as six clerks and an executive administrative assistant, according to the town’s police search posting.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.