Before getting down to the real agenda for the evening, the Town of Marion holiday party, the Marion Board of Selectmen on December 4 approved retiring Police Chief Lincoln Miller’s recommendation to promote Sergeant Richard Nighelli to the rank of lieutenant.
“As the board is well aware,” Miller wrote in a memo dated November 30 to the Board of Selectmen, “Sergeant Nighelli has the qualifications for this position and will provide the new chief with strong leadership as his second-in-command.”
Nighelli has been a full-time police officer since 2001 and joined the Marion Police Department in 2003. Subsequently, he was promoted to sergeant in 2007, and since then he has been involved in the regional tactical team serving in a leadership role in that unit.
Lieutenant John Garcia, police chief designee, requested that the appointment be made in time for the change in command of the department.
Nighelli’s promotion will be effective January 1, 2018.
Also during the meeting, the board approved St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church’s request to tie in to the municipal stormwater collection system.
The matter was on hold from last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting in order to gather further information on details of the church’s tie-in plan.
Selectmen Chairman Jody Dickerson said that he and Town Administrator Paul Dawson met earlier with the church’s representative Brad Morse, who said that only the downspouts would tie in to the system, alleviating any concerns held over from the last meeting.
In other business, the board approved the 2018 licenses for all annual local licenses in town including liquor licenses, common victualler licenses, car dealerships, etc.
The next meeting of the Marion Board of Selectmen is scheduled for December 19 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House.
Marion Board of Selectmen
By Jean Perry