Seekonk Police Chief in Limbo
The town is still without a Police Chief. The Seekonk Board of Selectmen voted for Dean Isabella to serve as the town’s top cop last June. Chairman Justin Sullivan recently told the Reporter the background check for Isabella was still ongoing. “Hopefully it should be done within the next few weeks,” Sullivan said.
Isabella worked for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families in Rhode Island as assistant director of Child Services, overseeing the Child Protective Services unit that investigates child abuse. Isabella, who lives in Narragansett, had been a member of the Providence Police Department since 1987 and retired as a captain in 2019. Town Administrator Shawn Cadime, who was a member of the search committee, said “there was no question on (Isabella’s) ability to mentor the department and his ability and desire to create a long-lasting succession plan.”
Last January, members of the police department lobbied selectmen on behalf of Acting Chief David Enos. Enos was appointed to serve as Chief on an interim basis following the retirement of Frank John in July 2019. John had been placed on administrative leave in March 2019 after being in the position for six months. Enos had been appointed to serve as Deputy Chief.