Chief McDonald announced his plans to retire today, one day after Mayor Fuller called for a full review of the police department.
Here’s John’s Hilliard’s story in the Globe.
Here’s the statement from Mayor Fuller:
Chief David MacDonald of the Newton Police Department told me this morning of his intention to retire.In the last few weeks, the Chief and I have worked closely together as we began to consider the ways in which our Department can reimagine law enforcement and be a leader in Massachusetts for just policing. We have spent many hours contemplating what we are doing well and what we can do better. I was proud to see Chief MacDonald talk thoughtfully about the results of his hard work these past five years as the Chief and I looked forward to tackling this great task together.Chief MacDonald had been contemplating his retirement from the City for some time. He recently recognized that with all of the work we have ahead, that his successor would be best off starting that important work from the beginning stages, rather than at the implementation stage. I understand that and appreciate that even while making this difficult decision, he again, considered the needs of the City of Newton Police Department.Chief MacDonald shared with me that he wants to focus more on his health and his family, so it made sense to him, that this summer would be the time for him to hand over his gold badge after 27 years of service. He will now be able to spend more time with his wife and their two children.Chief MacDonald was hired as a City of Newton Police Officer on February 21, 1993. He was promoted to Sergeant in April of 1999, then to Lieutenant in December of 2004 and Captain in August of 2015. He served as the Executive Officer for the Department beginning in 2013 where he worked side by side with former Chief Howard L. Mintz. MacDonald became Chief when he was appointed by former Mayor Setti Warren on November 30, 2015.Chief MacDonald was also a Narcotics Investigator and Supervisor for the Middlesex County Drug Taskforce for seven years. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Political Science from UMass Amherst and his Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from New England College.Chief MacDonald has proudly served in the role of Chief for almost five years. During that time, he has worked to enhance community policing efforts in the City and to ensure the Newton Police Department lives up to its mission of guaranteeing respect and dignity for each individual while preventing crime, solving problems and enforcing the law. I am proud of his commitment to procedural justice and treating all people with dignity and giving residents a voice. I am grateful for his dedicated service to the City of Newton.This week we will work together to decide on the date of his retirement. I will also be deciding on who should serve as Acting Chief as we undertake the search for Chief MacDonald’s replacement.