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Andrew Shearer takes the oath as interim police chief in Springfield. He has spent nearly three decades with SPD.
SPRINGFIELD – Andrew Shearer was sworn in Monday, May 24, as the SPD interim police chief following the retirement of former Chief Rick Lewis, who is retiring after 38 years with the department. Lewis has been on leave since March.
Shearer, who has more than 28 years of experience, served most recently as Assistant Chief of Police with the City of Portland.
“I am honored to get the opportunity to serve the Springfield community and the dedicated women and men of the Springfield Police Department during this time of transition,” Shearer said.
City Manager Nancy Newton said the City is focused on selecting a new police chief who can meet Springfield’s policing needs now and in the future.
“The Chief of Police is an important role in our community and it’s critical that we engage in a thoughtful process to select our next leader,” said Newton. “As we work to define the recruitment effort, Chief Shearer brings the experience and fresh perspective needed to help us as we transition.”
Shearer’s new role is a temporary, limited-duration position to allow time for a robust Police Chief recruitment process, she said.
“I want to thank Chief Lewis for his dedication to the Springfield community,” Newton said.
Shearer serves on the board of directors of the Portland Police Sunshine Division, an emergency food and clothing service provider, and volunteers with “Team Rubicon,” a veteran-based disaster relief agency.