TUPPER LAKE - The village board said goodbye to previous Chief of Police Tom Fee and welcomed a new one, longtime village policeman Eric Proulx, at its Tuesday night meeting.
Mayor Paul Maroun said he and the board "had two very qualified candidates" to choose from, but Proulx won out. He is in his 20th year of service to the department and most recently held the rank of sergeant
Maroun called Proulx a good officer, noting that the two live near each other and that he's ridden with him on patrol before.
Newly appointed Tupper Lake police Chief Eric Proulx, center, is pinned with his new badge and stars by his wife Brittany at Tuesday night’s village board meeting. Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun, right, welcomed Proulx to the position following Chief Tom Fee’s retirement.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
"He's straightened me out on a lot of things I didn't know," Maroun said.
Proulx's wife, Brittany (who works as the Enterprise's news editor), pinned his new badge to his uniform as village board members welcomed him.
As a lifelong member of the community, Proulx said he's looking forward to getting started as chief.
"I'm honored to be given this opportunity, and I excitedly accept the position of chief of police for the village of Tupper Lake," Proulx said.
Maroun said Proulx will make the same salary that Fee did: $65,000 a year.
The board gave Fee a plaque in recognition for his 34 years of service to the village, though the one they gave him Tuesday was a placeholder for the real one, which is being "re-tooled," Mayor Paul Maroun said.
"We're going to miss you, chief," Maroun told Fee, calling him a friend. "We appreciate all you've done for us."
Other board members shook Fee's hand, thanking him for his service.
"It's always been a pleasure serving with you," said Trustee Rick Donah.
Fee, who worked with the Tupper Lake Police Department for 34 years and was chief for about seven, thanked the village and the people of Tupper Lake.
As his last act as chief, he handed over his notes for the board meeting to Proulx. Then he and the about 15 family members who attended the meeting left to celebrate at Little Italy restaurant.
The village board also announced Tuesday they decided to hire Jessie Kavanagh to replace Marty Fuller, who is retiring from the village Water and Wastewaster Department.
Village Clerk Mary Casagrain said the board got 64 applications for the position. Board members interviewed seven candidates, and Kavanagh was chosen from those.
Kavanagh has some commitments to finish up, so it may be more than two weeks before he starts with the village, board members said.
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