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Montuori Tabs Columbus As New Tewksbury Police Chief

Jun 15, 2020 04:15PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Headquarters.

Atty. Paul King

 (Editor's note: The following information was released by the office of Town Manager Richard Montuori.)

Tewksbury Town Manager Richard Montuori has announced the appointment of Ryan M. Columbus as the new Chief of Police. 

Columbus, current Detective Lieutenant for the TPD, will begin his position as Police Chief on June 19, 2020.

Columbus has been with the Tewksbury Police Department for nearly 20 years, beginning as a patrol officer in 2000. He will fill the position vacated by outgoing Chief of Police, Timothy Sheehan, who departed in December 2019. 

Columbus holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College, and has advanced specialized training in various related subject matter including, but not limited to, diversity, electronic crimes, and street level narcotics. He has risen through the ranks of the Tewksbury Police Department from Sergeant Patrol Supervisor, to Administrative Lieutenant, to his current position as a Detective Lieutenant. Columbus is also a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserves, where he served as a Staff Sergeant of Security Forces.

A Police Chief Assessment Center for the position was administered beginning in February 2020. This vetting process, sanctioned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Civil Service rules and regulations, was conducted by a group of assessors made up of current and retired police chiefs. 

The Assessment Center included five exercises designed to test requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics for the position. Four candidates participated in these exercises, and the top three proceeded to final interviews with the Town Manager. Columbus was the top candidate throughout the interview process.

Columbus said that he is “very excited about being appointed and is looking forward to the continued success of the Tewksbury Police Department.”

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