- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Deputy Chief Steven Sargent, a second-generation officer, has been named chief of the Worcester Police Department.

Sargent’s appointment Thursday came two days after Gary Gemme (jem) announced that he would retire this month after 11 years on the job.

The 54-year-old Sargent joined the department in the state’s second largest city in 1986 after a stint in the Army. He’s the son of former police Lt. Richard Sargent and one of his sons is a patrolman.

City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. said Sargent was chosen from among the department’s four deputy chiefs because of his knowledge of the city, his passion, and his understanding of the challenges facing modern law enforcement.

Sargent said he was “honored and humbled” by the appointment and thanked Gemme for being a “friend and mentor.”

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