Friday, October 7, 2016

New Safety Leaders Take the Helm in Manchester

This week the citizens of Manchester welcomed two new chiefs to helm the town’s public safety departments. Police Chief Edward Conley and Fire Chief George Kramlinger were sworn into office in a ceremony attended by family members, citizens and town and state officials, I was happy to be a witness to such an important beginning.

Town Clerk, Denise Samolchuk administered the oath of office to each at the swearing in ceremony held at the American Legion Hall, the turnout was large and celebratory.

Chief Conley served as an officer in the Chelsea Police Department for 22 years before being appointed as the new chief. George Kramlinger comes to Manchester having served recently as director of the Massachusetts Fire Academy. Town Administrator Greg Federspiel managed the selection process of the two positions and presented the finalists; the Selectmen gave final approval in a September session of the board. Each man brings years of direct service and supervisory experience, education, training. Having talked with them it is apparent that they also bring to their new roles a commitment to public service.

I look forward to working with them on policy matters that can improve public safety, public health and the quality of life for the residents of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.