November 30, 2020

Seekonk Selectmen To Appoint New Police Chief

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The Board of Selectmen are set to appoint Dean Isabella as the town’s new Police Chief at their Wednesday meeting. Isabella was selected for the position last June, but the appointment was delayed due to the investigation into his background.

 “I can tell you that the Board of Selectmen and I are fully aware of an incident that occurred 20 years ago and Mr. Isabella has been forthright with all of our questions,” Town Administrator Shawn Cadime said in a statement last month. “Mr. Isabella is currently undergoing the Town’s comprehensive background check, which is conducted on all applicants who have been given a conditional offer of employment. After the background check is complete and the Board of Selectmen vote on an offer of employment, the Town will be prepared to make a public statement regarding the position of Police Chief.”

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.

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.

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