Appointments, promotion made after lengthy meeting delay

Salisbury earns his sergeant stripes in Southbridge

By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer

SOUTHBRIDGE — Robert Salisbury was promoted to sergeant for the police department with a unanimous vote by the Town Council on Monday night.

Deputy Police Chief Jose Dingui said Mr. Salisbury started as an auxiliary police officer in 2006 before becoming a self-sponsored cadet in the police academy. “That takes a lot with a family to go six, seven, eight months without any pay,” Mr. Dingui said.

Southbridge Police Sgt. Robert Salisbury and Deputy Chief Jose Dingui.

Salisbury was hired as a full time police officer in November 2006 and, Mr. Dingui said, “quickly rose through the ranks.” The newly-appointed sergeant served as a detective for four years, including time investigating narcotics and sexual assaults. He was appointed a provisional police sergeant in May 2017.

Mr. Dingui said Mr. Salisbury has “been doing a great job” in the provisional role and “has been a great help to me in the Cops N Kids program.”

Town Councilors Monique Manna and Rick Nash lauded Mr. Salisbury’s promotion.

“Officer Salisbury has been a wonderful police officer since I’ve known him,” said Mrs. Manna. “He’s very involved in the community.”

Added Mr. Nash: “Very happy to see his appointment coming to Council this evening.”

The meeting, slated to begin at 7 p.m., did not begin until 7:36 p.m. due to a lack of quorum. Five councilors are needed to hold a meeting, and the only councilors on hand for the scheduled start time were Denise Clemence, Nash, and Gus Steeves. Councilors Manna and Jorge Morales arrived within minutes of each other more than a half hour after the originally scheduled start time. Councilors Kristen Auclair and Marc DiPietro were labeled “excused” by the chairwoman while Councilor Esteban Carrasco Jr. was marked “absent.”

The Town Council also voted to confirm several other appointments, including Jesus Suarez as a full-time police officer upon successful completion of all required medical and physical testing, as well as Charles McGowan and Nathan Aubuchont as a permanent full-time firefighter pending medical clearance and successful completion of the Massachusetts Physical Abilities Test. Additionally, Katelyn Spencer was reappointed as Inspector of Animals through April 30, 2019.

Earlier in the meeting, Robin Lataille provided an annual overview of Donate for Life. Ms. Lataille, a kidney transplant recipient, has provided a Donate for Life flag to be flown outside Town Hall for the month of April for the last several years. Ms. Lataille battled polycystic kidney disease for eight years prior to receiving the transplant in January 2010.

Mrs. Clemence presented a proclamation to Ms. Lataille declaring April “Donate Life Month.”


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