July 15, 2020

MacKenzie Withdrawn from Consideration


Another vote to appoint Christopher MacKenzie as the new Seekonk Police Chief was indefinitely postponed.

Town administrator Shawn Cadime announced Wednesday that some new information about MacKenzie had come to light. “I wish Mr. MacKenzie all the best in his future endeavors,” Cadime said. “At this time I think it’s in the best interest of the town that we move forward.”

On October 16, Seekonk selectmen voted against MacKenzie’s appointment. The vote was 2 in favor and 3 opposed. Chairman David Andrade and Justin Sullivan voted yes and David Viera, Nelson Almeida, and Chris Zorra voted no.

MacKenzie has served as deputy police chief in Walpole since 2015. His duties include hiring, capital budget planning, and media relations, as well as overseeing the Detective Division and Internal Affairs Division.

Cadime had expressed his disappointment with the vote and defended the work of the search committee.

Last August, selectmen appointed David Enos to serve as Police Chief on an interim basis.

The town had launched a search for a new Police Chief, following the retirement of Frank John on July 31.

John had been on the job for only six months when he was placed on administrative leave in early March and an investigation of an unspecified situation was conducted by town officials.


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