Lawrence’s Captain McNamara Appointed Methuen Police Chief (Methuen)


After a highly competitive selection process, Mayor Perry has announced he has selected Lawrence Police Captain Scott McNamara to be the city’s next Police Chief.

McNamara brings over 25 years of law enforcement experience with the City of Lawrence.

“This was an extremely difficult decision as both candidates did a fantastic job in all three of their interviews as well as with questions from the City Council” Perry said.


“I knew that both men had the capability to do the job but in McNamara I saw a poise and calm leadership capacity that can continue the progress we have made with the Methuen Police Department in this community. This decision was not made lightly, and I look forward to partnering with Chief McNamara to continue working on 21st century policing in Methuen.”

McNamara received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salem State University and his master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He has spent 20 years as a superior officer on the Lawrence Police department and received the Superior officer of the Year award as well as the Life Saving with Valor award.

“I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity to lead the men and women of the Methuen Police Department as their next Chief. I recognize this is an important moment in time for the City of Methuen, a time to put the past behind us and focus our collective efforts on the promise of the future. I am grateful to the members of the Selection Committee and the City Council each of whom dedicated a significant amount their personal time and effort to this process. I also want to recognize all of the wonderful candidates that participated. They truly represent the best and the brightest our profession has to offer. I am grateful to stand among them.”

“Finally, I’m honored to have won the confidence of Mayor Perry, but I also understand the real challenge lies ahead. That being said, earning the confidence of the men and women of the Methuen Police Department and the Citizens of Methuen as a whole. I intend to do just that!” Said McNamara The appointment of Chief McNamara will be on the City Council agenda for the September 7th meeting.”

“Please join us in congratulating Chief McNamara on his new role.”