Edgartown adds two new full-time police officers to force

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Edgartown town clerk Wanda Williams swears in newly minted police officers Curtis Chandler, left, and Officer Zachary Townes at the selectmen's meeting Monday. — Photo by Monica Busch

Family members and friends of Curtis Chandler and Zachary Townes filled the seats Monday at the weekly meeting of the Edgartown selectmen. The occasion was the swearing-in ceremony of the two new full-time police officers. Both men grew up on the Island, and have completed police academy training at the Boston Police Academy.

“We’re very proud of the two officers who are being sworn in today,” Lieutenant Chris Dolby told selectmen. “They’re two local kids, and did very well growing up here.”

Police Chief David Rossi, who had gotten off a plane just 30 minutes prior to the meeting, hurried into the room and added his endorsement prior to the administration of the oath by Town Clerk Wanda Williams

“You’ve known them all their lives, so you know their character,” Chief Rossi said.

Family and friends cheered after the two police officers were sworn in.

In other business, selectmen signed off on a contract with Edgartown Fire Chief Peter Shemeth.

Town Administrator Pam Dolby also told selectmen that she had sent a copy of updated taxi regulations to a point person at Uber in Boston. The updated regulations we

re expanded to include transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber, and would require similar businesses to adhere to the same licensing and regulations as taxicabs.