Southampton police chief retires

Staff Writer
Published: 12/30/2018 9:57:16 PM

SOUTHAMPTON — After more than 30 years with the Southampton Police Department, Chief Michael R. Goyette worked his last day Sunday.

Goyette, who has led the department since October 2015, issued a goodbye post on the department’s Facebook page, explaining that he was departing from the position sooner than expected because he has a family member battling cancer.

“It’s been an incredible 30 years here,” Goyette wrote. “I’m leaving a bit earlier than planned but it’s time to give my full attention to my family (looking forward to that) as an immediate family member fights that damn fight.”

Lt. Ian Illingsworth becomes interim chief Monday, after serving three years as a lieutenant.

Goyette began his career as a police officer in Northampton and Williamsburg before joining Southampton police. He was promoted to sergeant in 1996 and lieutenant in 1999, and has also has served as the D.A.R.E. officer at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton.

Goyette called it an honor and privilege to serve Southampton residents.

“I always wanted to make a positive difference and to help people the best I could,” Goyette wrote. “I always expected that from my officers and dispatchers as well and I can tell you, I have seen first hand and heard about all of them going out of their way to help many times above and beyond.”

In addition, he thanked the supervisors, officers and dispatchers for the success of the department, as well as the other department heads in town and residents for their support.

“My last wish is that all of my officers return safely home at the end of their shift for the rest of their careers,” Goyette wrote.

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