TEWKSBURY — Police Chief Timothy Sheehan may be making a change.
Sheehan is one of six candidates for Chief of Police in Palm Bay, Florida, according to the City of Palm Bay’s website.
After joining the Tewksbury Police Department as a patrol officer in 1987, Sheehan has held multiple positions in the department including detective sergeant, lieutenant, SWAT team commander and deputy chief. He has served as the town’s Chief of Police since 2009, according to his bio.
Sheehan informed Town Manager Richard Montuori of his candidacy on Monday, Montuori said.
According to Montuori, Sheehan has been planning for future retirement and is also exploring other options.
“It’s something he’s looking into,” Montuori said.
Montuori said he wished Sheehan well in the process but wants to see Sheehan stay in Tewksbury.
“I don’t want to see him leave whether it’s for this job or retirement,” Montuori said. “He’s an asset to the community.”
Other candidates being considered for the position include Palm Bay’s acting chief Nelson Moya, a commander for the Palm Bay police, a chief of police from Texas, an assistant chief from Tampa, Fl and a captain from Kissimmee, Fl.
The six candidates were identified as semifinalists out of a pool of over 50 applicants, according to the Palm Bay website.
On Wednesday, the city will hold a final round of interviews after which the finalists will participate in a meet and greet with the public.
“I think we’ll have an idea of where he stands after [Wednesday],” Montuori said.
Boasting a population of 114,000 plus, Palm Bay is located along Florida’ east coast and is southeast of Orlando. It is the second largest city in central Florida, according to the city’s website.
Sheehan did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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