Framingham Chief Carl gets Assumption job September 6, 2013
Danielle Ameden 508-626-4416 Metrowest Daily News

FRAMINGHAM -- After 30 years with Framingham's police force, Steven Carl, who climbed the ranks from patrolman to chief, is leaving for another job.

Assumption College announced Friday it has chosen Carl to serve as its next director of public safety and campus police chief, starting Oct. 2.

"I‘m proud of him," said Deputy Chief Ken Ferguson, who came up through the ranks with Carl and praised his work ethic and dedication. "His reputation in the policing profession is second to none."

Carl started his career with Framingham in 1983, and has led the department since 2001, dealing with illegal immigration, city-like crimes and officer-involved shootings.

In a press release, Chris McCarthy, Assumption's executive vice president and chief financial officer, said the college is "very impressed by Steve's experience, his deep knowledge of law enforcement and his strong leadership skills."

The Worcester college has about 2,000 undergraduate students and an 185-acre campus.

Carl will be responsible for management and operations of the college's Department of Public Safety, and oversee more than 27 officers, dispatchers and support staff members.

Selectmen Chairman Dennis Giombetti said Town Manager Robert Halpin will head up the search for Carl's successor.

"I think it's going to be big shoes to fill," Giombetti said. "He was an outstanding police chief and Assumption's gain, I guess, is Framingham's loss."

Assumption's announcement came the same day Ashland announced it picked Craig Davis, one of Framingham's three deputy chiefs, to be its next police chief.

Carl, only the fifth police chief in Framingham's history, could not be reached Friday, but he issued a statement through the college.

"As the father of one child attending college in an urban environment and another starting this year in a similar setting, I understand student life and the issues that can arise with this age group," he said. "I am also keenly aware of the special level of care parents rightly expect for their children while they are away at school. I look forward to contributing to the safety and well-being of the Assumption community."

Giombetti said he expects a "seamless and orderly transition" of police department leadership, and he noted there are some "very good internal candidates" for Framingham's next chief.

Framingham Chief Carl a finalist for Assumption College job August 29, 2013
Danielle Ameden 508-626-4416 Metrowest Daily News

FRAMINGHAM -- Police Chief Steven Carl is one of two finalists for Assumption College's head campus police job.

Officials at the private, Catholic liberal arts college in Worcester have interviewed Carl and the other finalist for the open director of public safety position, Assumption's Director of Media Relations Lorraine Martinelle said Wednesday.

Officials hopes to make a decision on an appointment in the next week, Martinelle said.

Carl, who started his career as a patrolman in 1983, has led Framingham's police force since 2001.

Reached Wednesday, he said he didn't want to comment at this time.

In a report to selectmen in February, Town Manager Robert Halpin said he intended to reappoint Carl to a new three-year term through June 2016. Carl, he wrote, is "an outstanding leader and manager and has been a consistent and valuable contributor to my senior management team."

"It was my pleasure to reappoint him, and we'll just have to wait and see what comes of this process," Halpin said Wednesday.

There is a mechanism for Carl to break his contract, Halpin said.

Carl is only Framingham's fifth chief in the department's history since 1911.

He earned a Fischer Price bachelor's degree in sociology from Framingham State College in 1983 and has a master's in criminal justice administration from Westfield State College, according to his department webpage.

One of the department's three deputy police chiefs is also in the running for a new job.

Craig Davis is one of two finalists for Ashland police chief.

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