Sutton welcomes homegrown officers to Police Department
By Robert Fucci
From left, Chairman Jesse Limanek, Derek Desruisseaux, Zachary Coderre and Police Chief Dennis Towle are seen during the Sept. 5 Sutton Board of Selectmen meeting. Limanek swore in Desruisseaux and Coderre as the newest officers of the Sutton Police Department. PHOTO BY ROBERT FUCCI
Sutton Police Chief Dennis Towle said they were the two best interviews he’s had in a while.
Town Administrator Jim Smith echoed the statement, saying everyone involved in the interviews believed they were two “great, young candidates.”
After hearing the humbling compliments, Sutton residents Derek Desruisseaux and Zachary Coderre were sworn in by Selectman Chair Jesse Limanek during the Board’s Sept. 5 meeting to become the Sutton Police Departments newest officers.
“I’m super excited to have them on board,” Towle said. “Above all, they are good people. There isn’t (anything) better we can say other than they are from Sutton.” Both positions are full time.
Coderre, who is also a volunteer firefighter for the town, will begin working for the Sutton Police Department later this month after he completes the Lowell Police Academy. Desruisseaux began patrolling the streets on Sept. 6.
“It’s an exciting night for Town of Sutton,” said Vice Chair John Hebert, a former Sutton police chief. “I can see that the morale in the Sutton Police Department under Chief Towle and Lt. (David) Perry couldn’t be better. We’re proud to have you.”
Desruisseaux said he was born and raised in Sutton and started his law enforcement career as an Explorer in Charleton. Charlton Police Explorers are an opportunity for males and females between the ages 14 and 21 to experience different aspects of the law enforcement.
“Luckily I ended up here,” he said. “It’s a lifelong dream.”
Coderre said he attended Sutton Middle School before attending St. John’s in Shrewsbury. He’s worked as a park ranger and for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
“I’m happy to be back here in Sutton,” he said.
The Board voted 4-0 to ratify the new officers.
Towle said the Department had lacked local interest over the past few years when positions became vacant, but that he was happy with his local hires.
“Chief Towles’ words about hiring local candidates, to be able to come home and work in (your home) town is a special opportunity,” Selectman David Hall said. “We’re happy to have you here. It’s a great night for Sutton.”
Desruisseaux and Coderre will also be among a new generation of officers to work in the new police station, which will be built on the old Blue Jay Restaurant site on Central Turnpike.
“This is really a wonderful night,” Limanek said before swearing in the new officers. “You’re the first generation of new officers in that building. You guys are homegrown. For you, it’s a tremendous opportunity to serve your community and to give back. I’ve very glad to have you with us.”