Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Balzotti Appoints Gomes As Interim PD Chief

BROCKTON--On Friday, Feb. 10, Brockton Police Capt. Emanuel Gomes will be sworn-in as interim police chief in preparation for the retirement of current Chief William Conlon.
“The position of police chief is one of the most, if not the most important job in the city,” Mayor Linda M. Balzotti said in a prepared statement. 
“Captain Gomes has the experience and knowledge to continue the successful work being done by the Brockton Police Department,” she added.
Gomes is expected to take over for Conlon, who will be retiring after more than 6 years as chief, and 26 in the department.
The ceremony will be held at City Hall, Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. in City Council Chambers. 
The event is free and open to the public.
“A lot of very good things are going on in the Brockton Police Department, and we want to continue being a full service police department,” Gomes said in the prepared statement.  
“I intend to continue the good things Chief Conlon has put in place and maintain those standards,” he said.
A 25-year veteran of the Brockton Police Department, Gomes began his career as a patrolman in April of 1986. 
He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 1997.
Gomes became a Lieutenant in July 2000, and promoted to Captain in April 2002.  
Gomes has overseen operations of the department on several occasions in the chief’s absence.
 Gomes was born in Portugal and moved to Brockton’s Campello section at the age of 8.  
He attended the Huntington School and South Junior High.  He is a 1981 graduate of Brockton High School.
 Following his graduation from Brockton High School, Gomes earned an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Massasoit Community College.  
He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University.

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