Commissioner Ed Davis isn’t the only one leaving the Boston Police.
After 32 years on the force, BPD District A-1 Captain Thomas F. Lee accepted a job as the new police chief in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The Newport Daily News and Portsouth Patch reported Lee was unanimously voted in by the Portsmouth Town Council on Monday night.
In a statement, Lee wrote:
As many of you may have heard, I have accepted a new position as Chief of the Portsmouth, Rhode Island Police Department. I will miss working with all of you and serving as Captain for the Downtown and Charlestown neighborhoods. It’s been a great experience and I’ve really appreciated the assistance of all my neighborhood partners in keeping the community safe. I was presented with an opportunity for a new challenge in a new community and it seemed like a good fit for me and my family. The A-1 and A-15 total part I crime rate is down 10% and I’m leaving a very competent staff in place to continue our community policing program. I will miss all of you. It’s been an honor to serve as your Captain.
Lee came to District A-1 (North End, Beacon Hill, West End, Chinatown, Charlestown) in March 2012, replacing Bernard O’Rourke as Captain. Lee was also former deputy superintendent for the Boston Police before being assigned District A-1 Captain.
In the North End, Lee last chaired the September Public Safety Meeting along with Sgt. Thomas Lema and Officer Teddy Boyle.
No word yet on a replacement for the District A-1 Captain’s job.