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November 15, 2013

Salem police chief has trouble staying retired

SALEM — That Bob St. Pierre is something.

The former Salem police chief couldn’t just retire like everyone else and stay home watching soap operas. No, he has to keep answering the call to duty.

First, he headed up to Salisbury to help former Mayor Neil Harrington, the Salisbury town manager, straighten out a mess involving a former police chief linked to drugs, money and sex.

Then, it was over to Salem State to serve as interim police chief.

Now, he’s taking over the reins in Peabody on a temporary basis while they hunt for a new chief.

And, all the while, he’s serving as chairman of the Salem Licensing Board, where he has to deal with off-key saxophone players and psychics who charge big bucks to remove curses.

He sure makes retirement look like fun.

Mayor Kulik

The official write-in results are in for the municipal election.

Frank Kulik, the former director of assessing and one of Kim Driscoll’s keenest critics, got 26 write-in votes for mayor. Could this be the beginning of a grass-roots campaign for 2017?

Kulik got nine votes alone in Ward 1, Precinct 1 (i.e. the Willows), where someone named James Atwood beat him out with 14 votes, all of which reinforces the image of Juniper Point as a breakaway republic in waiting. (Of course, Driscoll did get 602 votes in 1-1, her most in any precinct). Across the city, Atwood got 17 votes to finish just ahead of Ken Sawicki in the totally meaningless but fun write-in race for mayor.

In Ward 5, City Councilor Josh Turiel was unopposed, but John Walsh got five write-in votes.

Could he be another of the notorious Walsh brothers?

Radio personality

Brittany Jennings, a recent Salem High graduate, is producer of the Kuhner Report, heard every weekday morning on AM 680, WRKO.

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