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Acting Chicopee police chief retires, new chief sworn in

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Acting Chicopee Police Chief Thomas Charette. (MassLive) Acting Chicopee Police Chief Thomas Charette. (MassLive)
Capt. William Jebb was sworn in Thursday afternoon. Capt. William Jebb was sworn in Thursday afternoon.
CHICOPEE, MA (WSHM) -

Acting Chicopee Police Chief Thomas Charette confirmed to CBS 3 Springfield that he will no longer head up the city's police department.

Mayor Richard Kos announced that Capt. William Jebb will be taking over the department as chief. Jebb was in Thursday afternoon.

Charette said he was notified by the mayor of the decision and immediately told Kos that he would be turning in his retirement papers after 27 years of service with the department.

Charette said that his retirement is what is best for the city and the department.

Former Mayor Michael Bissonette named Charette chief in 2012 and he was sworn in last year, but the state Civil Service Commission ruled that the choice was made on a political and personal basis and not based on qualifications.

The commission vacated Charette's permanent appointment in March.

Jebb went to the civil service commission to get answers after he scored highest, but was not given the position.

This past Monday, Charette had a civil case thrown out of Hampden Superior Court, which claimed the city charter did not allow non-residents to take the position of chief.

Jebb does not currently live in Chicopee and Charette's lawyers said he should not have been considered for the job.

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