Ellis named Troy police chief by Kyle Jarvis, Sentinel Staff | Posted: 6/6/2013
TROY — Longtime Troy police officer David Ellis is the town’s new chief of police.
Ellis was offered the position last month, and accepted the job at the selectmen’s meeting Monday night, Selectman William T. Matson said Wednesday.
Former police chief Howard M. Sheats, 59, retired suddenly in April, citing his wish to turn the position over to a younger person.
Ellis won the job for a number of reasons, Matson said. “He knows the community very well, he’s been an officer for over 10 years, he’s very dedicated to community involvement, and he’s a good fit for a small town. He’s a very good police officer.”
Matson said Ellis will have a review in six months, at which time the board will decide whether to retain him as chief.
The process was “handled extremely smoothly by former Chief Sheats and Chief Ellis,” Matson said. “It wasn’t a pressured decision; it just flowed into a natural solution. Dave’s really well-respected in the community.”
Ellis could not be reached for comment.