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Southwick chief gets sworn in
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
By TED LaBORDE
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SOUTHWICK - Wilbraham's loss became Southwick's gain yesterday with swearing in of 48-year-old Mark J. Krynicki as the town's new police chief.

"This is the culmination of a lot of hard work. It is something I have worked for all of my career," the former Vermont state trooper and Wilbraham sergeant said.

At least 50 town officials, residents and relatives, along with police representatives from the region, attended the brief swearing in ceremony at Southwick Town Hall. The ceremony included Wilbraham Chief Allen M. Stratton, who started alongside Krynicki on the Wilbraham force in 1980.

"We are pleased to have had him for the past 24 years," Stratton said. "He will do a wonderful job for Southwick just like he did for us."

Selectmen Chairman Fred B. Arnold said, "The whole Board of Selectmen is proud to have been able to get Mark as the town's new chief. He will do a great job for the community. He will work very well for the town."

Selectmen named Krynicki chief Aug. 9 after receiving notice that their first choice for the job, former Southwick patrolman and current Secret Service Special Agent John J. Mazza, had turned down their offer.

Southwick senior Sgt. Kevin Bishop said Krynicki "will bring the department a breath of fresh air. I am looking forward to working with him. In police channels I have hear only positive things about him."

Krynicki served as a Vermont state police officer 1977-1980 when he joined the Wilbraham Police Department. He holds a master's degree in criminal justice from Western New England College.

He will earn $80,000 annually here and must relocate to Southwick within one year.

But, he said, the relocation will not be a problem. Krynicki and his wife, Pamela L., a Vermont native, have already started looking for a home here, they both said yesterday.
 
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