Southampton police chief to retire

Hampshire County

The Southampton police chief is retiring earlier than planned. 

According to Southampton Police Chief Michael Goyette, after 30 years at the police department Goyette’s last day was Sunday.

Goyette said he is leaving “a bit earlier than planned” due to a family member battling cancer. He said retiring early will allow him to give his full attention to his family. 

He called it an “honor and a privilege” to be able to serve the city during his time at the department. 

As of Monday morning, Southampton police Lt. Ian Illingsworth will take over as interim chief. Goyette said, “The department will be in great hands as he takes command.”

Illingsworth has served as the chief’s lieutenant for the last three years.

Goyette thanked supervisors, officers, dispatchers, town hall staff, other employees, and residents, stating he will miss the daily interactions with the people of Southampton. 

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