Greenfield Police to promote seven on Tuesday

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  • Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon will become the department’s deputy chief on Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Greenfield Police Acting Lt. Daniel McCarthy will become a permanent lieutenant on Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Greenfield Police Sgt. Todd Dodge will become a lieutenant on Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Greenfied Police Acting Sgt. J. Todd Clark will become a permanent sergeant on Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Greenfield Police Acting Sgt. Christopher Rowell will become a permanent sergeant on Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Greenfield Police Officer Christopher Greene will become a sergeant on Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Greenfield Police Det. Megan Cloutier will become a sergeant on Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 1/14/2021 6:15:17 PM

GREENFIELD – Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon will become the city’s next deputy police chief Tuesday as his predecessor Mark Williams, a 21-year veteran of the force, leaves to become chief of the East Longmeadow Police Department.

Six others will be pinned alongside Gordon on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the fairgrounds as they are promoted to the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant.

Chief Robert Haigh Jr. said Daniel McCarthy, the most senior member of the force, and Todd Dodge will become permanent lieutenants, while J. Todd Clark, Christopher Greene, Megan Cloutier and Christopher Rowell will become permanent sergeants.

“We didn’t expect this, but it’s a good thing for the department,” Haigh said. “We knew we’d have some promotions after some retirements, but we didn’t think this many. We had a couple departures we didn’t expect, including our deputy chief.” 

Haigh said many of those being promoted have “moved around a lot,” serving in acting positions, so they are familiar with their new roles.

“Megan will be the first female in our department’s history promoted like this,” he said. “That’s very exciting.”

A real honor

Gordon began his career as an officer with Greenfield Police Department 28 years ago in 1993, working his way to rank in 2000. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2007. 

His new role will be as operational manager, a day-to-day overseer. He said it will be heavy in policy and procedure, and he will be working closely with the chief to accomplish his goals for the department.

“These are exciting times in police work,” he said. “I see police reform as exciting. Greenfield is always ahead of the game, so we’ve already made some of the changes people are asking for — some people fear change, but I thrive in it.”

Gordon said working with his comfort dogs within the department has been one of the highlights of his career, though during the pandemic Officer Donut hasn’t been on duty quite as much. “It’s kind of difficult to disinfect a huge dog,” he said, laughing.

“I’ve been so lucky all these years,” he continued. “I’ve been able to combine my passions for dogs and police work and not many people get to do that, so I know how blessed I’ve been.”

Gordon said he and his wife, Greenfield police officer Laura Gordon, were the first in the country to bring comfort dogs to a police department.

“It’s a real honor to be able to say that,” he said. “Dogs have worked in departments for many years, but comfort dogs are relatively new.”

He said he feels honored also to have been one of the first bike patrol officers in the country when he worked in Nantucket years ago. 

“It was so new, we had to cut our pants and hem them so we could ride,” Gordon said. “And I was one of the first to recommend having defibrillators in our patrol cars. We’ve save a lot of lives since then. That idea came after I served as an EMT in Sunderland and saw that you could put a machine to someone’s chest and bring them back. Greenfield has always been willing to listen, always been on the cutting edge.”

Civil Service

Haigh said Gordon has served in numerous positions with the department over the years and was integral in getting the department accredited. 

“I took all he has done into consideration when making my decision,” he said. “And Dan and Todd are no strangers to the position of lieutenant.”

Haigh said he’s happy the department removed itself from Civil Service, but it was in a holding pattern until it become official, so the promotions were delayed until that happened.

“I would have loved to have done this before now, but we would have had to go through Civil Service, which would have been costly for the city,” he said. “We’ve had lots of support from the city. We will all work to serve the needs of the community during these tough times.”

Haigh said the only thing he regrets is that the department can’t hold the pinning ceremony as it typically does for these types of promotions because of COVID. 

The brief ceremony will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the pavilion at Franklin County Fairgrounds. A limited number of friends and family who have been invited will have to remain in their vehicles during the event.

Promotions

McCarthy, who will become a lieutenant, was assigned as Detective Bureau commander in 2011. Prior to that, he served as watch commander and has been a full-time officer since 1992. He became sergeant in 2000 and acting lieutenant in 2020. He was the K9 handler for Dakota from 1995 to 2001.

Cloutier began in Greenfield in 2008 as a patrol officer and was promoted to detective in 2015. She is a certified sexual assault investigator, field training officer,and instructor in eyewitness identification. She has been promoted to sergeant.

Dodge, who will become a permanent lieutenant, has been a full-time police officer since 1998 and currently serves as the day shift watch commander. He became a sergeant in April 2007 and served as a provisional lieutenant from 2011 to 2014. He has training as a drug recognition expert and is a member of the department’s Honor Guard. He has received numerous awards and is co-leader for the department’s field officer training program.

Clark, who has been a full-time police officer in Greenfield since 1994, has held the positions of detective, school resource officer, field training officer and bike patrol officer. He is a member of the Special Response Team and Honor Guard and is department liaison to the S.A.L.T. He volunteers as a youth commissioner in Greenfield. He has been promoted to sergeant.

Rowell, who will become a sergeant, has been a full-time police officer for the Greenfield Police Department since January 1999.  He was a student resource officer within the Greenfield Schools and is a longtime president of the Greenfield Police Relief Association. He has spearheaded fundraising efforts for the school system, local charities and for purchases within the department in the tens of thousands of dollars. 

Greene, who has been promoted to sergeant, has been a Greenfield police officer since  2000. He was assigned as the city’s student resource officer in September 2008, and has served in the roll of field training officer, training new officers, for the past 12 years. He previously served in the capacity of Domestic Violence Intervention Project liaison for the department and spent several years as the department’s court officer. 

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-9591 or afritz@recorder.com.

 

 

 




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