Phillips exits as police chief; Martin takes over

Police Chief Warren Phillips was set to retire Saturday after more than 30 years on the force, and will be replaced by Deputy Chief David Martin, according to Town Administrator Michael McCue. Phillips, who started as a part-time dispatcher and was chief for 11 years, said he plans to spend more time with his family and visit his daughter, a West Point graduate who is posted in Germany with the Army. “I’ve had a wonderful career and no regrets,” Phillips said. “I can’t say enough about the people here — the residents and the town officials. It’s like an extended family. When you only have 4,400 residents it doesn’t take long to know everyone on a personal basis. But a position like this takes a lot of time away from your family, and I’ve got a lot of stuff to get caught up on. I want to enjoy life more.” He said he had planned to retire on Friday, but the staff at the Avon retirement board moved it back a day so he wouldn’t leave on Friday the 13th. Martin’s contract calls for him to replace the outgoing chief; selectmen will officially appoint him at their Thursday meeting, McCue said. Selectman Chair Frank Hegarty praised Phillips, saying “his leadership has been exemplary and his reputation as a true gentleman and forthright leader has earned him respect both in Avon and throughout the Commonwealth.”