The new police chief stepped into some giant shoes when he took the helm of the Gardner Police Department. Former Chief Ken Francis was a beloved presence in Gardner and is certainly missed.
Francis has been gone for almost a year now, and the new chief was formally pinned last week.
A  few months into his role, it appears Chief Gerald Cullumber’s feet are big enough for the task.
It’s refreshing to see the Gardner Police Department taking pains to reach out to members of the community. There’s a new citizen’s academy and a new look at the police department. Time will tell how the community responds, but for now, we’re happy to get a glimpse at the changes.