EASTON — Town Administrator Connor Read is pleased to announce that Keith Boone has officially started in his role as Chief of Police.
Chief Boone was sworn in on Monday, July 11 at the Easton Select Board meeting at Oliver Ames High School.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Chief Boone for seven years now in his capacity as Deputy Chief – and I’ve come to know what so many here tonight do – that he is a kind, genuine, and compassionate leader who listens to his team and the community and operates with integrity and honesty,” Town Administrator Read said. “I’ve also come to know how much he loves this town – born and raised – graduating from the very school we stand in now. He has lived here, made his career here, and started his own family here. His actions demonstrate how much he believes in Easton – and tonight we show that Easton believes in him. I have full confidence that Chief Boone will continue to bring the Easton Police Department forward to meet needs of the public not only because of his character; but because of the men and women of the Department he will now lead.”
Chief Gary Sullivan (Ret.) also provided remarks before Chief Boone was given the Oath of Office by Town Clerk Danielle Sicard and was pinned by his girlfriend, Charline, with son, James.
Chief Boone then addressed the Easton Police officers present during the ceremony, saying, “To our officers, there are two very important responsibilities I believe a police chief has. The first is to identify, train, and prepare the future leaders in our department so that you are ready to take us forward when the time comes. I promise to do that for all of you, as it was done for me. The second is to take care of the people that are taking care of the people. That is what all of you do everyday — you go out on the road and take care of the people in our community. You respond to the calls for service; you respond to the emergencies; and you try to solve problems. We see things that no one should ever have to see, and for that, I promise to do everything in my power to ensure you have what you need to continue being successful in our mission.”
He added, “To our community, I promise to continue devoting all of my efforts and all of my energy to maintaining a police department that strives for excellence everyday, because that is what we do, everyday.”
State Sen. Walter Timilty and State Rep. Carol Doherty also offered their congratulations and presented Chief Boone with citations from the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives.
Chief Boone has served with the Easton Police Department for 20 years, beginning as a special police officer in 2002. He was appointed as a full-time officer in 2006, and was later promoted to sergeant in 2013 and deputy chief in 2015.
Early in his career, Chief Boone held numerous roles including as a defensive tactics instructor, the systems administrator, the accreditation manager and a child safety seat technician.
He has also served as the department’s public information officer, records officer, internal affairs officer and supports Easton’s Human Rights Committee as the Town of Easton Civil Rights Officer.
While deputy chief, Chief Boone also held important roles in regional efforts such as serving on the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communications Center (SEMRECC) Building Committee before and during the construction of the regional dispatch center in Foxborough.
He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Bridgewater State University and has received the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award for leadership training.
Chief Boone is a lifelong Easton resident and graduate of Oliver Ames High School.
Chief Boone succeeds Ret. Chief Sullivan who retired Friday, July 8.