NEWBURY — Newly appointed Police Chief Patty Fisher joins Select Board Chair Alicia Greco and Town Administrator Tracy Blais as women fill out the town’s senior leadership ranks.
On the recommendation of the retiring chief John Lucey, Jr., the Select Board promoted Fisher, the deputy police chief, last week to head the department when Lucey leaves on Dec. 7 when he turns 59.
“I’m honored at the prospect of leading the men and women of the Newbury Police Department, they are an amazing group of intelligent and compassionate public servants,” Fisher, who has been with the Newbury Police Department for 19 years, wrote in a statement.
“Under my administration, the Newbury Police Department shall continue to provide the residents of Newbury with the high quality of care they have become accustomed to,” she wrote. “I look forward to expanding opportunities for community collaboration and outreach as we navigate our way through the ever-changing landscape that is law enforcement.”
Fisher said she has learned the skills to lead the department from its three previous police chiefs, including Lucey and Chief Michael Reilly.
During her career in the department, Fisher served as a dispatcher and reserve officer in 2002 and became a full-time patrol officer in 2004. She was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and named deputy chief in October 2020, when Lucey became chief.
Fisher has served as the department’s domestic violence and sexual assault investigator, a community liaison to social service agencies, accreditation manager, firearms licensing officer, peace officer standards and training commission administrator and property and evidence custodian.
Lucey described Fisher’s capabilities “phenomenal.”
Fisher graduated from Bridgewater State University in 1997 and received a master’s degree in public administration from Marist College in 2019.