WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Deputy Police Chief Robert Richter will be vacating his position at the end of this week to become Chief of the Kittery, Maine Police Department.
Kittery Town Manager Kendra Amaral, who previously served as Wilmington’s Assistant Town Manager, made the announcement on Tuesday.
Richter, a 33-year law enforcement veteran, was chosen amongst 70 applicants, according to a report from Seacoast Online. After determine finalists, Richter was the unanimous selection of the hiring committee.
“I’ve been working towards becoming a police chief my entire career,” an excited Richter told the paper. “The community of Kittery seemed to be a good fit for me.”
“I took such a hands-off approach to this,” Amaral told the paper. “The fact that someone I’ve worked with in the past was brought forward as a finalist, that he got to that point, without my influence at all, I think gives comfort that he will be good for the job.”
“It is with mixed emotions that we will say goodbye to an outstanding police officer that has served the community of Wilmington for 33 years,” read an announcement of the Wilmington Police Department’s Facebook page. “We thank Deputy Chief Richter for all he has done for the WPD as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, & Deputy Chief.
Wilmington Selectmen thanked Richter for his service at their board meeting on Tuesday night. Selectman Chair Kevin Caira noted Richter would be difficult to replace.
Richter will be sworn in to his new position on Monday, November 26 at 4pm at Kittery’s Town Hall.
(NOTE: The cover photo is from the Wilmington Police Department’s website.)
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