The appointment, which requires ratification by the Select Board, is on the board’s agenda for its meeting Tuesday. Stanton said the appointment is for up to six months.
Fong’s appointment follows the retirement of Chief Robert Bongiorno, effective Feb. 28.
Stanton said Tuesday that, “working with outside expert consultants and other town leaders,” she will undertake a “comprehensive assessment center process to identify and hire the next police chief.”
“I am excited to be joining the Bedford Police Department as the interim chief,” Captain Fong said in an announcement released by the town manager’s office. “Through my years of experience, I know that any successful department relies on the cooperation and passion of an entire team of supervisors, officers, and support staff. I am looking forward to working with the members of the department as we serve the Bedford community.”
“We are thrilled that Capt. Fong has agreed to serve as interim chief,” Stanton said in the announcement. “His years of experience will be a benefit to the Bedford Police Department as we prepare to hire a permanent Chief over the next few months,”
Capt. Fong retired from the Boston Police in June 2020, concluding a 33-year career. He most recently served as captain of District A-1, managing over 175 sworn and non-sworn police personnel. District A-1 includes Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, downtown, the Financial District, the North End, West End, the waterfront district, and Charlestown.
The manager’s office reported that Capt. Fong grew up in Boston and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in law enforcement from Western New England College. He also earned certificates from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Suffolk University Sawyer Business School, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He and his wife have two sons.
He worked his way through the ranks to command positions. According to the town, his various roles and responsibilities for the Boston Police Department over the years included Superintendent of Administration and Policy, Night Command, Bureau of Professional Standards, and Deputy Superintendent for Operations.
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