Concord Town Manager Christopher Whelan said William Chase has been named the town’s interim chief of police, effective on Monday. Lieutenant Tom Mulcahy will continue serving as acting chief until Chase takes over.
Chase retired from the Westwood Police Department in January after 10 years as chief. He was the police chief in the town of Harvard from 1995 to 2003, and he has worked for the Framingham and Watertown police departments and the US Department of Labor.
Whelan said Chase will serve for five to seven months while the town searches for a permanent chief to replace Barry Neal, who announced his retirement effective Sept. 29. Chase will not be a candidate for the permanent job.
“I am very pleased to have been able to locate an interim chief with great depth and breadth of experience in law enforcement in Massachusetts with a strong commitment to professionalism,’’ Whelan said. “I think he will continue the proud tradition of the Concord Police Department.’’
Sergeant Jack Kennedy served as acting chief immediately after Neal’s resignation but Mulcahy took over the role on Oct. 10 when Kennedy had plans to be out of state, Whelan said.