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Framingham Police Chief on Medical Leave November 18, 2016
Susan Petroni 508-315-7176 Framingham Source
FRAMINGHAM - The Police Chief in the Town of Framingham is taking a medical leave of absence.

Deputy Police Chief Steven Trask has been appointed acting police chief for the Town of Framingham.

Framingham Police Chief Ken Ferguson, who was appointed Police Chief in October 2013, announced on Wednesday to the department that he was having surgery and would be out for the rest of 2016. The Chief has a contract through June 2019.

The department has had issues lately, with several members on leave, a couple members suing the department, and an evidence room investigation.

Chief Ferguson's medical leave has nothing to do with his duties as Chief," said Framingham Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll. "I wish him a quick recovery and look forward to his return."

The rumor mill is that he has pancreatic cancer,
That's an aggressive cancer. He's not coming back.

I presume the first stage is removal of metastasizing tumors, followed by some immunological attempt to supress the cancer.

My brother went thru this with metastatic melonoma.
I in turn merely has prostate cancer... a non-aggressive cancer.

Framingham police chief out on medical leave November 18, 2016
Jim Haddadin 617-863-7144 Metrowest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM - Deputy Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask was named acting chief of the police department this week after Chief Kenneth Ferguson announced he is taking a medical leave of absence.

In an email sent late Wednesday morning to the department, Ferguson wrote that he will undergo surgery and anticipates being out for the remainder of the year.

Assistant Town Manager Jim Duane on Friday confirmed the chief is expected to remain on leave for at least six to eight weeks, though there is no fixed date for his return, Duane said.

All I can tell you is that Chief Ferguson is taking a medical leave, and that in his absence that Chief Trask is going to be assuming the duties of acting chief," Duane said.

"Chief Ferguson's medical leave has nothing to do with his duties as chief. I wish him a quick recovery and look forward to his return," said selectmen Chairman Cheryl Tully Stoll.

Trask, a Framingham native, has filled numerous roles during nearly 30 years with the department, including safety officer, shift commander and patrol supervisor. He has also been the town's emergency management director since 2006.

Trask was promoted to the role of executive officer when Ferguson took over as police chief in October 2013.

While he fills in for Ferguson, Trask said he hopes to keep the department moving forward."

Ferguson has been employed by the police department for 31 years. He is due to remain police chief through June 2019 after being reappointed earlier this year to a new three-year term.

Speaking with selectmen in June, Town Manager Bob Halpin said Ferguson has set a "great tone" for the police department.

I think he is very, very much on board with the town manager's broader agenda of where community policing in particular fits into our strategies for downtown," Halpin said earlier this year, "and our interest in engaging neighborhoods in Framingham about their public safety needs."

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 617-863-7144 or Follow him on Twitter: @JimHaddadin.

Framingham Police To Not Shave in November November 1, 2016
Susan Petroni 508-315-7176 Framingham Source
FRAMINGHAM - Throughout the month of November, more than 30 Framingham Police Officers, including Chief Ferguson, have opted not to shave to raise money for a veterans charity.

Organized by Framingham Police Officer Lt, Robert Downing No Shave November" will raise money for Home Base, a charity that benefits post Sept. 11. Veterans.

Each Framingham Police Officer donates $100 and that donation allows them to grow facial hair throughout the month.

The Framingham Police Officer Association and The Framingham Patrolman Association have each donated $500.

Also several local businesses and charities have begun to donate to the cause to include Turkey Classic Road Race, Exceptional Auto, Adesa Boston, Keli Hair Salon and neighbors of police officers etc.

More than $6,000 has already been raised, said the Framingham Police Department.

This morning, the owner of the Center Barber Shop in Framingham, Mr. D, gave participating officers a complementary hot shave to kick off the event," said Framingham Police. "Mr. D's great great grandfather was a Veteran of WWI."

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