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Portsmouth Town Council appoints new police chief

September 25, 2013

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Portsmouth, R.I., has a new police chief.

The Newport Daily News reports that the town council on Monday unanimously voted to appoint Thomas F. Lee to lead the department.

Lee has been with the Boston Police Department for 32 years. He was sworn in Monday night but will take the helm on Oct. 21.

Lee told those at the meeting that he was honored and promised to be fair and impartial in enforcing the laws.

In appointing Lee, the town broke with past practice of promoting someone from within the department’s ranks, a decision town administrator John Klimm said was made because Lee was the best person for the job.

Former Chief Lance Hebert retired in December. Jeffrey Furtado has been the acting chief since then, but is retiring.

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