PHOTOS: Seven promoted in Greenfield Police Department

  • Seven Greenfield police officers were promoted during a ceremony at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. From left: Christopher Rowell, promoted to permanent sergeant; Megan Cloutier, promoted to sergeant; Christopher Greene, promoted to sergeant; Todd Clark, promoted to permanent sergeant; Todd Dodge, promoted to lieutenant; Dan McCarthy, promoted to lieutenant; and William Gordon, promoted to deputy chief. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. presides over a ceremony promoting seven Greenfield police officers at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield Mayor Roxann Wedegartner welcomes those attending a ceremony promoting seven Greenfield police officers at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Seven Greenfield police officers were promoted during a ceremony at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. pins the new Deputy Chief William Gordon during a ceremony held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 1/19/2021 6:56:30 PM

For those who were not able to attend the pinning ceremony at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, below is the full speech given by Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr.

“Good afternoon everyone. I am Chief Robert Haigh, and I am pleased to be able to welcome a few friends, family and city officials to our promotional program. We have before us today seven officers to be promoted to higher ranks: four new sergeants, two new lieutenants and a new deputy chief.

I wish to thank Mayor (Roxann) Wedegartner and her administration for their support during these most challenging times. Your confidence in me gives me great confidence to lead this department. Thank you to the Public Safety Commission for being part of our promotional process, and working quickly during COVID to keep our command staff whole to continue to serve the community. And thank you to all the officers in the Greenfield Police Department who continue to serve at the highest level.

At a prior time, this event would be highly attended, and would probably follow with a celebration. Unfortunately, we are faced with a pandemic, folks who are struggling to maintain their jobs or lost them, and businesses that are struggling to remain open or have already closed. We have also been involved in several movements for justice reform, as well as police reform initiatives. We are about to welcome in a new presidency, and have certainly not finished important conversations and initiatives both on local and national levels. I think it essential that we as public servants recognize this, and appreciate every person we come into contact with, and every person who we may not. We are all human, we are all community members, and we all need to support one another regardless of differences of any nature. We should also be thankful for the positions we hold, and take advantage of being in a position to listen, talk and help.

I do not wish for anything to overshadow or diminish the accomplishments of those officers standing in front of you today. These officers are dedicated, and have worked hard to support the Greenfield Police Department and the city’s values, desire to be a proud part of the community and protect those who are the most vulnerable. These times have been the most challenging in our careers, but that does not mean we quit. It does not mean we recoil and hide. It does not mean we ignore what is going on around us. It means the exact opposite.

It’s time to be more visible and accountable. It’s time to listen, observe and learn. It is community policing at its fundamental basics. Be part of the community. Be part of the solutions.

Thank you to all who support these fine officers, the Greenfield Police Department and the city of Greenfield. I am proud to be the chief of police for this community. When I arrived over seven years ago, I had plans for our department. I felt strongly we would move in a very positive direction, and that we would do it together. These officers will be tasked to continue to progress the department in a positive direction. Most will outlast me, and I hope that when I leave, the department will be in good hands. I have confidence the group here with me today will be the foundation for that future.

Thank you, and congratulations to all.”




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