L'Esperance is Salisbury's new police chief by nth14726


									                                                           L'Esperance is Salisbury's new police chief
                                                      By Angeljean Chiaramida
                                                      Staff writer

SALISBURY -- West Newbury's Sgt.        perspective on law enforcement, but       patrolmen's union president Mark
David L'Esperance got the nod from      he will give up his small civil law       Thomas and Mickey McGuire.
Salisbury selectmen last night and      practice in Lynn to assume the police        Harrington said L'Esperance was
will assume his duties as the town's    chief's job in Salisbury.                 one of an "extraordinarily talented
new police chief on April 24.              L'Esperance is a 20-year veteran       pool" of more than 40 applicants for
   "I'm looking forward to working in   of the West          Newbury    police,   the job, from which the search
Salisbury," L'Esperance said after      beginning his career there in 1986.       committee chose nine candidates to
the selectmen's meeting. "I played      He chose law enforcement as his           interview. Salem police Sgt. Michael
here on the beach as a kid, and I       career, he said, because he "wanted       Andreas and Abington's Lt. Kevin
still come here a lot. I live only      to help people."                          Smith were the two other finalists.
about five minutes away. I love            L'Esperance held the position of       The three finalists met on March 28
Salisbury."                             detective corporal before becoming        for an assessment session conducted
   L'Esperance told selectmen he's      one     of   West     Newbury's    two    by the consulting arm of the
aware     of    the    metamorphosis    sergeants. He enjoys operational          Massachusetts Municipal Association.
Salisbury is going through, and he's    and administrative aspects of law            " ... The experts who conducted
looking forward to being part of it.    enforcement, he said, and has been        the assessment told us that our pool
He     praised    Salisbury's  Police   involved      with     writing   grant    of finalists was among the best they
Department, saying its officers have    applications to fund police programs,     had ever seen in several years of
the one thing every police officer      as well as taking on patrol,              evaluating candidates," Harrinton
should have: compassion.                investigative and supervisory roles.      told selectmen.
   A Lynn native who grew up as one        L'Esperance has engaged in some           L'Esperance           congratulated
of five children, L'Esperance is 46     law enforcement activity in Salisbury     Harrington on the selection process,
years old and lives in nearby           during his career. In 1990, he said,      likening its intensity to passing the
Seabrook with his two teenage           he became a member of the regional        bar exam.
children, Corrine and Christopher.      drug task force and went undercover          L'Esperance said he has no
   L'Esperance holds a bachelor's       in Salisbury.                             preconceived notions about what he
degree in criminal justice from            Town Manager Neil Harrington           wants to do as Salisbury's chief. One
Springfield College and a law degree    said L'Esperance was the unanimous        of his first professional activities, he
from Massachusetts School of Law,       choice of the Police Chief Search         said, will be to meet with Salisbury's
passing the bar exam in 2003. He        Advisory Committee made up of             command staff and with all the men
believes having a law background        himself, Selectman Bob Carroll,           and women on the force.
gives him a strong and varied

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