Full Time Officers
Chief Jeffrey Gillen (e-mail)
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 in July 2008. For many years, Chief Gillen has been instrumental as the department’s lead investigator in several serious criminal cases in Groveland with the successful prosecution of many offenders.
Promoted to Police Chief in June of 2017, he 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. Chief 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.
Chief 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.
Lt. Dwight McDonald (e-mail)
Lt. 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 was 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. Promoted to Lieutenant in June of 2017, he assumed the duties of Executive Officer of the department, responsible for the day to day operations and supervising the 3 Sergeants. 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. Lt. 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. Sgt. Ryan was assigned the duties of Admin Sergeant in July of 2017, and will be responsible for scheduling and training. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and is currently assigned to the 3pm-11pm shift.
Sgt. Eric Gorski (e-mail)
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. Sgt. 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. Officer Riley was promoted to Detective in Aug 2015, and to Det. Sergeant in June of 2017. She will oversee and supervise all department investigations, is a certified Sexual Assault Investigator and is Groveland’s Domestic Violence Officer.She holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Salem State College. She graduated from the Full-Time MBTA Transit Police Academy in 2008.
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. Joshua Sindoni
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. He was promoted to Detective in 2017 and currently serves as the D.A.R.E. officer at the Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall Elementary School.
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. Adam Sanborn
Officer Sanborn was originally hired as a reserve police officer/dispatcher in July of 2014 and attended the Northern Essex Community College full-time police academy, graduating in March 2016. He was hired as a full-time police officer in July of 2017 and is currently assigned to the midnight shift.
Off. Christopher L’Italien
Officer L’Italian was originally hired as a reserve police officer/dispatcher in July of 2015 and attended the Northern Essex Community College full-time police academy, graduating in July of 2017. He was hired as a full-time police officer in July of 2017 and is currently assigned to the midnight shift.
Off. Joseph McMains
Off. McMains was appointed to the Groveland Police Department as a reserve police officer in March of 2017. He was hired full-time in July of 2019. He attended the Northern Essex Community College full-time police academy in Haverhill, MA.
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.
Off. Robert Richards Jr.
Officer Richards was appointed in April of 2015.
Off. Michael Fornesi
Officer Fornesi was appointed in November 2015.
Off. Stephen Sargent
Officer Sargent was appointed on July 1, 2016.
Off. Joel Henriquez
Off. Henriquez was appointed, and welcomed back to the Groveland Police Department in March of 2017.
Off. Garrett Greer
Off. Greer was appointed a reserve police officer of the Groveland Police Department in July of 2018 and is a returning employee.
Off. Bret Moyer
Off. Moyer was appointed a reserve police officer of the Groveland Police Department in July of 2018 and is a returning employee.
Off. Kyle Elardo
Off. Elardo was first appointed a reserve dispatcher in March of 2019, then a reserve police officer of the Groveland Police Department in July of 2019.
Off. Paul DeCoste
Off. DeCoste was appointed a reserve police officer of the Groveland Police Department in March of 2020.
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. Cindy Batista
Disp. Edwin Fournier
Disp. Stephen Sargent
Disp. Katelyn Trudell
Disp. Debbie Munoz
Disp. Bret Moyer
Disp. Kyle Elardo
Disp. Barbara Bilo
Emergency Management Director:
Off. Stephen Sargent … (978) 521-1212 for service.
Animal Control Officer:
Off. Stephen Sargent … (978) 521-1212 for service or voice mail.
Michael Vetts … (978) 521-1212 for service.