Greenfield Police Department Chief to retire

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police Department Chief John Jester, who has served as the department’s leader since 2008, has announced plans to retire.

Jester, who has been with the department for 24 years, has not formally resigned but told Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell Friday morning he plans to step down to take a position in the security department at Community Hospital.

Jester, 47, has served in a number of capacities during his tenure at the department, including as its head of investigations before accepting the chief’s position in 2008. His resignation is effective Sept. 19.

The police chief’s post is appointed by the mayor. On Friday, Fewell said he plans to speak with department leaders in the coming weeks before recommending a replacement to the Greenfield Board of Public Works and Safety.

“Citizens are gonna miss him, and the city of Greenfield is gonna miss him,” he said.

Watch next week’s Daily Reporter for a look back at Jester’s career.