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January 24, 2014

New officer starts, another promoted in Marblehead

MARBLEHEAD — Neil Comeau was sworn in as the town’s newest police officer by Town Clerk Robin Michaud at Wednesday night’s selectmen meeting.

At the same meeting, 14-year veteran officer David Ostrovitz was promoted to lieutenant. His appointment was unanimously approved by the board.

“He has an unblemished record with the department,” said Chief Robert Picariello. “I believe he will be an excellent addition to our management team.”

Ostrovitz will be assuming command of the day shift next week, according to the department. He will also be in charge of various community outreach functions previously held by retired Lt. David Millett.

Comeau, a lifelong resident in town, was hired alongside Christopher Donahue and Mike Maccario two weeks ago as officers. Donahue and Maccario must go through the police academy before being sworn in.

Comeau will start his work with the department on Sunday.

Picariello said all three new hires passed background checks, physical and mental health exams, agility testing and interviews. They replace officers who have retired, been promoted or transferred to other departments. The hiring allowed for the promotion of Ostrovitz, the chief said.

Donahue’s and Maccario’s appointments will be effective March 10 when the police academy begins, Picariello said. The academy is five months long and includes three months of field training.

Donahue graduated from Marblehead High in 2009 and joined the Marine Corps in 2010 as a reservist. He served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011.

Maccario attended Marblehead High from 2005 to 2007 before transferring to St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, “which we won’t hold against him,” Picariello said. He graduated in 2009. He is certified as a part-time officer in Hampton, N.H., and has worked as an auxiliary officer in Winthrop.

Comeau graduated from Marblehead High in 2000 and Arizona State University in 2006. He graduated from the Lowell police academy.

“We have no need to send him again, which is a tremendous bonus for us,” Picariello said at his appointment. “He is currently employed as a police officer for Salem State University.”

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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