Andover police Chief Brian Pattullo will step down on July 31 and the town manager has picked a sergeant, Patrick Keefe, to replace him.
After 32 years on the Andover force, Pattullo said it’s time to move on, and he believes he is leaving the department in good shape for the next chief. He said he will become the chief operating officer of a Boston security firm that he declined to name.
“It’s going to be good for me and I think it’s a good time to turn the reins over. There are few issues in the department, so it’s a good time. Everything kind of fell into place,” said Pattullo. “I’m looking for a challenge, I’m looking for adventure and looking for something that’s going to challenge me to use my expertise. I’m excited about it.”
When Pattullo steps down it will be the first time in at least 60 years that a member of his family has not been a member of the Andover Police Department. His father, a lieutenant, was on the force for 37 years, and his brother Det. Sgt. Don Pattullo, who became head of the detectives, served for 35 years. One of the chief’s other brothers, Cliff, remains a member of the Andover Fire Department.
Pattullo said he has informed his Andover officers that the town manager has selected Andover Sgt. Pat Keefe as his successor.
Keefe declined comment. He will be presented to the selectmen as Stapczynski’s choice this Monday, Feb. 25. Selectman must vote to approve the appointment.
“I felt the next chief has to lead in a manner in which Chief Pattullo had run over these 15 years, at the same time looking at the needs of the young department,” Stapczynski said. “I needed someone who could continue the legacy that Brian has created, and really build on it with the youthful department that we have.”