Later this month, the Southborough Police Department will welcome it’s newest member, Officer Kieth Nichols.
Nichols, a four-year veteran of the Barre Police Department, was unanimously appointed by the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday. In addition to working full-time for Barre, Nichols has served as a reserve police officer in Southborough for the past five years.
Nichols is a Grafton resident and graduate of Natick High School. He got a B.S. in criminal justice from Westfield State College, and expects to complete a master’s program in November of this year.
“Mr. Nichols fullfills my expectations of what a police officer should be,” Chairman Sal Giorlandino said. “I feel confident he would serve ably in this position.”
Here are some notable quotes from Nichols’ interview with the selectmen:
The police department in Southborough is second to none.
A lot of police work is not black and white. You need to be able to work with people creatively.
The thing I like best is dealing with the community. I like to be out there interacting with the community, talking to the children. A lot of kids think you’re a superhero. That’s a fantastic feeling.
Every situation’s not going to have a positive outcome, but it’s how you deal with it that’s important.
I’m proud to call Chief Moran my chief. I hope she’s going to be chief for a long time.
In other personnel news, Selectmen last week appointed Kelly Rovendo as a new full-time communications officer. Both positions were vacant through attrition, so they don’t represent an increase in staffing at the department.
If officer Nichols truly said “The police department in Southborough is second to none” it simply shows him to be a well meaning but inexperienced and ill-informed young man.
If he truly said “I’m proud to call Chief Moran my chief. I hope she’s going to be chief for a long time”, I hope he was just kidding.
You know my mother always told me “IF you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Marty, you need an attitude adjustment. Going out of your way to put down both our police department and our interim police chief shows the most abominable lack of class I have ever read in a comment on this blog.