A timeline of Chief Webber’s career

I have to admit I was not a Southborough resident during the majority of Chief Webber’s tenure, but I am nonetheless touched by his passing. To acknowledge his contributions to the town of Southborough, I compiled this timeline of his career with the police department.

July 1980 Started with the Southborough Police Department as a part-time officer; soon after hired full-time.
January 2004 Sworn in as Police Chief, succeeding Chief William Colleary.
April 2004 After a bylaw was approved at Town Meeting, implements fines for repeat false alarms at residential and commercial properties. (ref)
September 2004 Launches the new and improved police department website. (ref)
April 2005 Proposes new restrictions for door-to-door solicitors at Town Meeting. (ref)
October 2005 Teenage sisters Shauna and Megan Murphy die in an alcohol-related car accident.
January 2006 Restructures police department to delegate more responsibility to officers. (ref)
September 2006 Implements stricter rules for officers responding to teen drinking parties, including the administration of field sobriety tests before teens can leave the party. (ref)
May 2007 Proposes sex offender bylaw to restrict where registered sex offenders can live in town. (ref)
June 2007 Cuts down on overtime and reassigns personnel after the Prop 2 1/2 override failed at Town Meeting. (ref)
November 2007 Institutes a new policy to further clamp down on underage drinking. (ref 1 & 2)
April 2008 Sex offender bylaw approved at Town Meeting. (ref)
August 2008 On its website, the police department announces Chief Webber is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. (ref)
November 2008 Succumbs to cancer at the age of 53.

More details on Chief Webber’s background can be found in his bio on the Southborough Police website.

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