Full Time Officers
Chief Robert Kirmelewicz (e-mail)
Robert J. Kirmelewicz started his law enforcement career at the Rowley Police Department in 1985. In 1986 he attended the 29th Municipal Police Officers Class at the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council Police Academy in Topsfield. In 1989 he transferred to the Groveland Police Department as the Highway Safety Officer. After assuming many different assignments over the years, including the training of other police officers; he was promoted to sergeant in 2002. As sergeant he was responsible for many administrative duties within the police department, including: firearms licensing, background investigations, scheduling and patrol supervision. In 2008 he was promoted to chief of police and assumed command of the department. The chief holds the following Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate of Science Degree from Northern Essex Community College, Bachelor of Science Degree from Springfield College, and Master of Science Degree from Western New England College.
Dep. Chief Jeffrey Gillen (e-mail)
Deputy Chief Jeffrey T. Gillen has served the residents of Groveland with the police department since 1990. He has served in many capacities within the department including becoming the department’s first Detective, Corporal and served as Sergeant for several years until being promoted to Deputy Chief of Police. For many years, Deputy Gillen has been instrumental as the department’s lead investigator in several serious criminal cases in Groveland with the successful prosecution of many offenders.
Today, he is the department’s Executive Officer and is responsible for all administrative operations of the police department including the critical recruitment and selection process as well as continuing to supervise all criminal investigations and prosecutions. Deputy Gillen’s perseverance and strong leadership skills led to the Groveland Police Department becoming one of the first police departments in the area to be awarded Certification status with the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. He is a certified assessor for the MPAC and has been a “Team Leader” for several police department assessments.
Deputy Gillen earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Springfield College and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College. He has also obtained professional development training from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the Massachusetts Police Leadership Institute.
Sgt. McDonald has served with the Groveland Police Department since July of 1989 after being with the Boxford Police Department for 2 years. He was first assigned to the midnight shift and was Groveland’s DARE Officer for many years. Promoted to Sergeant in 2008, he is assigned to the 3 PM – 11 PM shift, and his duties include supervising the Communications Department, FTO (Field Training Officer) supervisor, I.T. specialist, Public Records supervisor and the LEAPS/CJIS rep. He is also the Firearms Licensing Official for the department and coordinates the on-line in-service training programs for all employees. Named the Admin Sergeant in 2013, he coordinates many functions of the department including maintenance of the Records Management System, NIBRs reporting, Motor Vehicle Crash reports, grant applications and Motor Vehicle Citation tracking and reports. He has obtained professional development training from the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management and the Massachusetts Police Institute in leadership functions and critical incident management. Sgt. McDonald earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College.
Sgt. Eric Ryan (e-mail)
Sgt. Ryan was one of the Department’s full time dispatchers and graduated from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council Reading Police Academy in February 2008. He is a use of force/defensive tactics instructor and is in charge of the department’s BT (Breathalizer) machine He serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and is currently assigned to an evening/midnight jump shift.
Off. Eric Gorski
Off. Gorski is the police department’s evidence control officer and the use of force/defensive tactics instructor. He has worked as a court officer and at the Essex County Sheriff’s Dept. He started working in Groveland April 1997. He holds an associate’s degree in C.J. from Hesser College and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College. He also holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College.
Det. Steven Petrone (e-mail)
Det. Petrone was appointed to the Groveland Police Department in January of 2009 as a reserve officer and successfully attended the Full-Time Police Academy in New Braintree. He was appointed a Full-Time Police Officer on Dec 20, 2010. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts and came highly recommended from the Essex County DAs Office. Officer Petrone was promoted to Detective in Aug 2015.
Det. Heather Riley (e-mail)
Det. Riley was appointed in August of 2009 as a reserve police officer and was appointed on September 12, 2011 to a full time position. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Salem State College. She graduated from the Full-Time MBTA Transit Police Academy in 2008. Officer Riley was promoted to Detective in Aug 2015. She is a certified Sexual Assault Investigator and is Groveland’s Domestic Violence Officer.
Officer Sindoni was appointed a reserve officer in 2011 and attended the Full-Time Reading Police Academy in August 2012. Off. Sindoni was appointed a full-time patrolman in February of 2015, and is currently assigned to the 11 pm – 7 am midnight shift. He is the police departments School Resource Officer and Elderly Affairs Officer. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Rivier College in Nashua New Hampshire.
Off. Alex Doto
Officer Doto was appointed to a full time position in June of 2015, after serving as a police officer for Massport and is assigned to the 11 pm – 7 am midnight shift. He completed the Full-Time MBTA Transit Police Academy in 2012, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Salem State College.
Off. Christopher Ertsos
Officer Ertsos was appointed in July of 2014. After graduating from the Reading Full-Time Police Academy in February 2016, he was appointed as a full-time officer.
Off. Edwin Fournier
Officer Fournier serves both as a dispatcher and patrol officer and was appointed in March of 2004 He is one of the department’s firearms training officers and runs a State of Massachusetts approved training course for new LTC and FID applicants . He served over 25 years as an EMT and is currently certified as an instructor in firearms and motor vehicle stops.
Off. Paul Pierce
Off. Pierce was appointed to the Groveland Police Department in August of 2007 and a more complete biography will follow.
Off. Adam Sanborn
Officer Sanborn was appointed in September of 2014. A more complete biography will follow.
Off. Robert Richards Jr.
Officer Richards was appointed in April of 2015. A more complete biography will follow.
Off. Christopher L’Italien
Officer L’Italian was appointed in July 2015. A more complete biography will follow.
Off. Jacob Wallace
Officer Jacob Wallace was appointed in November 2015. A more complete biography will follow.
Off. Michael Fornesi
Officer Fornesi was appointed in November 2015. A more complete biography will follow.
Off. Daniel Richmond
Officer Richmond was appointed on July 1, 2016. A more complete biography will follow.
Off. Stephen Sargent
Officer Sargent was appointed on July 1, 2016. A more complete biography will follow.
The position of dispatcher in the communications department has many responsibilities. The dispatcher receives all communications from the public and other agencies. Once received, the dispatcher immediately informs the patrol officers of any emergencies or service calls, or refers the information to the appropriate person or agency. In addition to this function, a dispatcher is also required to know how to use all communication equipment, including computers, radios, the 911 system, office equipment and phone systems. This is a demanding job at times and requires a calm, patient and intelligent person.
Disp. Victoria Ladd
Disp. Cindy Batista
Disp. Edwin Fournier
Disp. Stephen Sargent
Disp. Katelyn Trudell
Disp. Adam Sanborn
Disp. Debbie Munoz
Disp. Jacob Wallace
Disp. Daniel Richmond
Emergency Management Director:
Deputy Chief Jeffrey Gillen … (978) 521-1212 for service.
Animal Control Officer:
Nathaniel Peabody … (978) 521-1212 for service or voice mail.
Michael Vetts … (978) 521-1212 for service.