New police chief named in Shirley

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts Globe Correspondent 

Samuel Santiago has been named the new police chief in Shirley. Santiago, who had been serving as acting chief since February, was officially named chief in July. He was recently sworn in by the Board of Selectmen. “I am honored to lead this police department and to continue serving the community,” Santiago said. “I look forward to further fostering relationships with our residents, business owners, and town officials.” Santiago joined the Shirley Police Department in 2003. He was involved with the bike and ATV patrols, supervising and overseeing the Shirley Police Department’s motorcycle unit and representing the department on the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s motorcycle unit. In November 2010, Santiago was promoted to sergeant, a role he remained in until stepping in as acting chief. Santiago holds a bachelor’s degree in human services with a concentration in criminal justice from Springfield College, and is enrolled at Clark University, seeking a master’s degree in public administration.

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