New Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith and newly promoted police Sgt. Eugene “Sandy” MacDonald topped the list of Gloucester public safety officials who were sworn in to their new positions during ceremonies Thursday at City Hall’s Kyrouz Auditorium.
Mayor Carolyn Kirk presided over the program, which also included the swearing in of two new city police officers and a new firefighter.
The new firefighter is Michael Mitchell, a 2005 Gloucester High graduate who served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was deployed to Afghanistan’s Kabul District with the 101st Field Artillery Unit and received an Army Commendation Medal. He is also an assistant coach with the Gloucester High School football team.
The new police officers are Patrolmen Brendan Chipperini and Troy Simoes.
Chipperini is a 2003 Gloucester High graduate who served in the U.S. Army from 2003 to 2008, and was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt.
Simoes graduated from Gloucester High in 2002, enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, and was one of the first responders to assist in the recovery efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
For more on the ceremony, look to Kirk’s column, “The Mayor’s Desk,” on Page 5.