Among the chiefs in attendance were Newburyport City Marshal Thomas Howard, Haverhill police Chief Alan DeNaro, Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler, police Chief Lisa Holmes from West Newbury, Merrimac police Chief Eric Shears and chiefs from Kensington and South Hampton, N.H. Former Amesbury police Deputy Chief Gary Ingham and Cronin were also there to witness Ouellet’s swearing-in ceremony.
Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer was on hand as well to present Gagnon with a citation of recognition in appreciation for his service over a span of 27 years.
Worthen, 50, was promoted to lieutenant in 2010 at the same time Gagnon replaced Cronin and Ouellet assumed executive officer duties. Before that he served as a sergeant shift supervisor for 10 years. Back in the early 1980s, Worthen and Gagnon worked together at the Salisbury Police Department before Worthen joined Amesbury police in 1983.
After the ceremony, Ouellet said he would be spending his first official day as chief with his officers, friends and family.
“You just don’t make it this far without family support,” Ouellet said.