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Acton Hires New Deputy Police Chief

Richard Burrows is a 26-year veteran who will start Jan. 6.

Acton Town Manager Steven Ledoux announced last week three changes in town personnel.

Among them was the hiring of Richard Burrows as deputy chief of the Acton Police Department.

Burrows, who is presently the deputy chief in Tyngsborough, has 26 years experience as an officer in Tyngsborough, including the past 10 years as deputy chief.

He graduated from the FBI National Academy and holds a masters degree from UMass Lowell in criminal justice.

"We are confident he will be an excellent addition to our Town," Ledoux said on his blog.

The other changes are:

  • Scott Morse has been promoted to the position of Captain in the Acton Fire Department. Captain Morse was originally hired on Aug. 8, 1988 as a firefighter/EMT along with eight other firefighters. Morse was appointed acting lieutenant for a time period in 2008 to fill in for a vacant lieutenant position.  On June 29, 2008, he was promoted to lieutenant.  Earlier this year in October he was appointed acting captain and most recently on Dec. 8, 2012 promoted permanently to the captain position.
  • John (Jack) White has been promoted to the position of captain in the Acton Fire Department, as well. White was originally hired on Sept. 21, 1984 as a call rirefighter. Starting in 1987 he was also functioning as a reserve dispatcher.  On Aug. 8, 1988 White was hired permanently as a firefighter/EMT along with eight other firefighters.  On March 28, 2004, he was promoted to lieutenant. Earlier this year in October he was appointed acting captain and most recently on Dec. 9, 2012, promoted permanently to the captain position.

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