January 19, 2023 By Carol Britton Meyer
Hingham has four new police officers.
The Select Board this week appointed John Crenier, Jacob Foss, Gina McCarthy, and Justin Worth to fill four vacancies upon the recommendation of Police Chief David Jones, contingent on successful passage of all requirements.
“All four candidates [who were interviewed at the Jan. 12 Select Board meeting] showed a genuine desire to serve our community and exemplified integrity, excellence, and leadership,” Jones said.
Foss, a 2014 Hingham High School graduate who majored in criminal justice at Bridgewater State College, earlier served as an MBTA police officer.
During his interview, Foss expressed an interest in “following in my father’s footsteps” and “giving back to the community” in which he was raised.
Crenier, who graduated from HHS in 2017, holds a degree in criminal justice from Norwich University.
He began his employment as an assistant harbormaster with the Hingham Harbormaster’s office.
During his interview, Crenier said he was inspired by taking School Resource Officer Thomas Ford’s courses at Hingham High and spoke of a “passion for serving the town.”
McCarthy, a Marshfield resident and 2018 Marshfield High School graduate, is majoring in criminal justice at UMass/Boston.
She has always wanted to work in a small community and bypassed opportunities with federal agencies to seek employment as a police officer on the South Shore. She also worked as an intern with the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office in 2018.
During her interview, McCarthy spoke about the importance of “building a relationship” with the community in which she serves.
Worth, a 2017 Bridgewater High School graduate, holds a degree in criminal justice from Bridgewater State College. He also mentioned wanting to work in a small community and the importance of community policing, including making “a social media connection.”
He also talked about being “open-minded” and “hearing other people’s ideas,” which is important when working on a team.
Worth also said he relies on his moral compass in handling varying situations.