Detective Sgt. Ron Sellon, a 17-year veteran of the police department, has been appointed to be the town’s new police chief, Town Manager William Ross announced Tuesday.
Sellon, who is currently in charge of the detective division, will replace Police Chief Arthur O’Neill. O’Neill is retiring March 31.
“We look forward to working with soon to be Chief Ron Sellon in continuing the outstanding level of excellence and quality law enforcement which currently exists in the Town of Mansfield,” Ross said in a press statement.
When reached for comment, Sellon said he was honored to be chosen as the town’s next police chief.
“It’s a very humbling experience, and I am looking forward to the opportunities and the challenges,” Sellon said.
A Mansfield native, Sellon began his career as a patrol officer in 1996.
He was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and holds a bachelor of science degree in law enforcement from Western New England College. He also has a master of science degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England College and a law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law with an emphasis on labor law.
Sellon is a 2011 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
He is active in the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the FBI National Academy Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Ross said Sellon was chosen after an extensive qualification and testing process, which included a full day of assessment center activities undertaken by Mark Morse and Associates. The company was under contract with the town.
The other candidates were Lt. James Seekell and Sgt. Tracey Juda.
Sellon lives in Mansfield with his wife and three children, who attend Mansfield schools.
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