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Selectmen Announce Lt. Denman's Retirement

by Bobby Blair
January 18, 2019

Selectmen Mark Ahronian Monday night publicly thanked resident Peter Barbieri for his continuing services to the town. Barbieri serves as the Chairman of the town's Economic Development Committee and has been a leading figure on the Blair Square Study Committee. In addition Barbieri is a town assessor.

Town Administrator Jeff Ritter announced that Holliston has now completed phase two of grant spending relative to the state's green communities and will be applying for monies under phase three. Round two awarded the town $247,000. Ritter thanked Chief Cassidy, Chris Meo & Andrea Minihan for their help in implementing many of the Green Communities projects.

Selectmen continued their review of upcoming FY2019/20 budgets, all of which came in either within guideline or under budget. Those budgets included the Economic Development Committee, $12,673, Street lighting, $62,430, Liability Insurance, $275,572, Memorial Day Committee, $2,000, Motor Vehicle Fuel, $115,000. The board will revisit the Animal Control budget which was suggested at $38,000. The town shares an Animal Control Officer with the Town of Ashland. Selectmen reviewed the Animal Control's Operational Management Plan and Selectman John Cronin suggested that the board receive an annual report. Resident Pat Gipps of Shaw Farm Road joined the discussion with a wealth of information and questions. Gipps stated that in 2018, 165 dogs were reported as loose in town with police answering many of those calls while the animal control officer only responded to 12 calls. Chairman Marsden reminded Gipps that the discussion was not a public hearing and promised Gipps that the board would review her information and continue the discussion at a future meeting.

Selectmen announced the retirement of Police Lt. Craig Denman. Denman is shown above at his pinning upon attaining the rank by his wife Lorraine. The couple have five children.


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Comments (8)

Thank you for your service and caring for the people of Holliston.

Jean Morrissey

- Jean Morrissey | 1/29/19 2:48 PM

Craig thank you for your outstanding service to Holliston. Your integrity and professionalism should be emulated! You represent everything a police officer should be. Enjoy retirement, and I hope to see you around town.


- Bill Duffy | 1/19/19 5:48 PM

Craig having worked for Fire and Police in Holliston for 48 years, I was able to see you from the time you started. I am sorry to see you leave the department, you will be missed.

- Joan MacGray | 1/19/19 1:32 PM

Lt. Denman,

Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement! Thank-you for your many years of service to the town of Holliston.

Such a privilege to have worked with you in the past, and to call you a friend to this day.

Best to you and your family,


- Janet (O'Leary) Schmid | 1/18/19 11:56 PM

Congratulations Lieutenant!! I echo Jim Barry's sentiments. Thank you for your service!!

Best wishes,

- Stacey Raffi | 1/18/19 7:33 PM

The correct number of loose dogs for 2018 in Holliston was 139, in 2009 we went from a full time ACO to a part time one with an increase of lic. dogs from 1,400 to over 1,700. This concern is about the ACO position not the current ACO person. Due to the increase of dogs registered in the town do we need to bring back the ACO position to full time?

- Pat Gipps | 1/18/19 4:00 PM

Congratulations, Lt. Denman, on your retirement. To say you were/are a model law enforcement professional, as well as a great guy, would be a vast understatement! Thank you for your dedicated service to our town. Have a fantastic retirement, you most assuredly deserve it!

- Jim Barry | 1/18/19 12:05 PM

Lt. Denman, thank you for all you have done for our community. One of the best.

- Steve Bradford | 1/18/19 9:36 AM



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