By Andrew Strecker, Senior Community Reporter
Westborough – The Westborough Board of Selectmen voted on Jan. 23 to appoint Uxbridge Police Chief Jeffrey Lourie as the town’s new chief of police.
Lourie, 51, will replace retiring Chief Alan Gordon, who has been a part of the town’s police force since 1974 and was named chief in 2002.
“We had a fantastic group of candidates, all very professional,” said Selectman Bruce Tretter, who cast the initial vote to appoint Lourie at the January selectmen’s meeting.
A Shrewsbury native, Lourie has been the chief of police in Uxbridge since 2013. Prior to that he was detective bureau commander for the Auburn Police Department, and he began his career with the Shrewsbury Police Department as a patrolman in 1998.
“I’m honored to receive the support from the board of selectmen, and I look forward to providing the very best in public safety services to the town of Westborough,” said Lourie after his appointment at the selectmen’s meeting.
Two other finalists for the position spoke at the meeting. They were Joseph Bennett, a lieutenant in the Hopkinton Police Department, and Mark Knott, a major in West Warwick, R.I.’s police force.
After the vote, Selectman Leigh Emery thanked internal candidates who applied for the position, saying she was “empathetic to the disappointment there.”
Lourie lives in Uxbridge with his wife and has two daughters. His appointment is contingent on items including a background check and health exam.