Lee has a new police chief. Town officials appointed a new head of the department Tuesday night and it's someone from their own ranks. The town is looking to turn over to a new chapter in the department after the former police chief was terminated for misusing public funds. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has the story.
LEE, Mass. -- After receiving a unanimous vote of approval, Sergeant Jeffrey Roosa shook the hands of town selectmen as the new police chief.
"It's been kind of a whirlwind. Just under two years ago, I was a patrolman," said Roosa.
The Lee native has been a long time member of the department.
"Definitely going to be an easy transition for me. There's not the learning curve of people in town. I know the families, I know the issues around town, so it should be a benefit.
In August, former chief Joseph Buffis was ousted after town officials say he improperly billed the town for cell phones that his wife and children used.
"We're moving on to the next chapter," said Lee selectman David Consolati.
Buffis is also accused of extorting money from a couple who was facing prostitution charges. But town officials have said that wasn't the reason for his termination.
"We all went with our hopes and prayer for Joe when he first came on. It didn't quite work out that way and I don't think we can condemn the whole force for the acts of one person," said Consolati.
Roosa has to go through a 20 day transition period before he assumes all the duties as the police chief. Meanwhile, Buffis is still facing charges in federal court.