James Mulligan, Interim Police Chief
477 Haverhill Street
Rowley, MA 01969
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
James Mulligan Steps in as Rowley’s Interim Police Chief
ROWLEY — The Rowley Police Department is pleased to announce that James E. Mulligan has been named Interim Chief of Police this week and will lead the department over the next several months.
“I am happy to be able to step in and assist the police department during this period of transition,” Chief Mulligan said. “Together we will continue to protect and serve the community and its residents.”
Mulligan began in his new role in Rowley on Jan. 5. He previously served as the longtime police chief in Georgetown, serving the community from 2003 to 2013. During his 10 years in his position, Chief Mulligan reorganized the department, leading it to earn state certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) in 2007, accreditation in 2008 and re-accreditation in 2011, an extraordinarily high honor for municipal police departments. He steps in to lead Rowley Police, which is also a state accredited department through MPAC.
Before coming to Massachusetts, Mulligan worked at the Nashua, N.H. Police Department for 30 years, moving up the ranks of patrol officer to Deputy Chief of Police.
A native from Lowell, Mulligan graduated from the New Hampshire Police Academy in 1974, followed by the FBI National Academy in 1996. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Granite State College and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration community activities from Western New England College.
Chief Mulligan is a current member of the Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association, New England Police Chiefs Association, Essex County Police Chiefs Association and the International Association of Police Chiefs.
Chief Mulligan is filling in during the process to find a permanent replacement for Chief Robert Barker, who retired at the end of 2015. The department is expected to begin the process of finding a permanent police chief later this year.