Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Council Glowingly Approves William McKenna As Chief
Several Councilmen spoke at length about the qualities that make McKenna ideal as Chief. Bob Santangelo said he "leads effortlessly", and Gerry Daley said he was "from a great family".
McKenna said that one of his goals was to "introduce a realistic approach to community policing." Councilman Tom Serra asked McKenna to elaborate on this, and McKenna said that what he wanted was to have police officers talking to the people, getting to know them by their first name. He repeatedly praised the men and women who do this, "The police officer walking the beat is the most important."
The vote to confirm the nomination was unanimous, and after it was taken, all of those present gave McKenna a standing ovation. When the Council took a brief recess, there was a long line of well-wishers eager to offer their personal congratulations to new Police Chief McKenna.