Patrick Lawlor, Editor in Chief
In an email to all employees this afternoon, C. Alexa Abowitz, the college’s legal counsel who oversees Police Services announced that Chief Ron Guilmette will retire June 30. Guilmette, served 43 years in the Massachusetts State Police, retiring in 1999 in the high post of Lieutenant Colonel, overseeing the division of field operations. In 1999 he was appointed interim chief of the Lawrence Police. Since then he has taught in the Sociology and Criminology Department at Merrimack.
Guilmette’s astounding career with the State Police carried over to the college police force. Guilmette built up strong relationships with area police forces to share equipment and maximize the safety of the Merrimack College community. Recently, Guilmette oversaw the accreditation by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission, making Merrimack the fifth college to receive such an accreditation in the state. Guilmette also led the department in the arming of all campus police officers last year.
Guilmette will be succeeded by his deputy chief, Mike DelGreco, who has been with the Merrimack College Police Services since 1999.
Follow Pat Lawlor on Twitter: @PatLawlor