WILMINGTON — On April 5, 2019, Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis will retire after 31 years of dedicated service.
Begonis is a Wilmington native who joined the police department in 1988. Starting off as a patrol officer, he then worked as a detective until 1998 when he was promoted to sergeant. In 2001 he moved up to the rank of lieutenant.
After leading the department’s Investigative and Special Services Bureau, he was promoted to deputy chief in 2004, and was named chief of police a year later in 2005.
Chief Begonis had originally planned to retire in January of 2018, but decided to stay on and help the community address a number of issues, such as mental health issues and the opioid crisis that has affected many Massachusetts communities, including the Town of Wilmington. Begonis has championed the department’s substance abuse coordinator position, and improved the department’s involvement and handling of addiction and substance abuse situations within the community.
Although Begonis will be retiring from a rewarding career on the Wilmington Police Department, he will be embarking on a new career in the private sector doing work similar to the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council emergency response.
During the town's last Board of Selectmen meeting, Chief Begonis was praised for his many years of service by the Board and Town Manager Jeffrey Hull.
The Board of Selectmen hope to name a replacement for Begonis by this summer. Until then, Hull has named Lt. Joseph Desmond, a 31-year veteran of the department, as interim acting chief until a permanent replacement is found.