|Framingham Police Chief Ferguson announces retirement||April 18, 2018|
|Norman Miller 508-626-3823||Metrowest Daily News|
FRAMINGHAM - Police Chief Ken Ferguson announced that he will retire at the end of next week.
Ferguson, who was appointed as chief in October 2013, will serve his last day on April 27.
"I sent an email to the department tonight at 6:30 p.m. informing them of my last day," Ferguson, 55, said Wednesday night. "I've been contemplating it for a while. It just seemed like the right time, with the transition from a town to a city. I wanted to wait for it to get settled, and I think it's a good time. It was a hard thing sending out that email."
Ferguson is a 34-year veteran of the Framingham Police Department, rising through the ranks before he was appointed to take over for Chief Steven Carl.
Although with the department for three decades, Ferguson has been a fixture at the police station since the 1960s, when he'd accompany his father, Officer Joseph Ferguson, to the station.
"I knew early on I wanted to follow in my dad's footsteps," said Ferguson. "I have fond memories of working with my father for nine years before he passed away and working with three great chiefs.
He was reappointed in 2016, and his contract ran through 2019.
Ferguson's time as chief has not been without challenges. Several police officers have filed suits against the department. The former Framingham Police evidence officer resigned during an investigation into the theft of money from the department's evidence room, which eventually led to a conviction.
In 2016, the Superior Officers' Union took a vote of no-confidence in Ferguson.
Ferguson also missed several months in 2016 due to a severe medical issue. He said he considered retiring then, but "I didn't want to go out that way," he said.
Ferguson said he's proud of his career.
"The men and women here at the Framingham Police Department have been like an extended family for me," said Ferguson. "The relationships I built here throughout the years is going to be my fondest memory. That, and working with the great people in Framingham. I'm a people person, and I liked being out there, interacting with them."
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