Mayor Removes Police Board

Clipped from US, Massachusetts, Boston, Boston Sunday Post, July 11, 1909

Lowell Mayor Names New Reform CommissionLOWELL, July 10.—The long promised overthrow of the local Police Board came today, when Mayor George H. Brown turned out of office the three commissioners, his former superiors, and named their successors.Frank K. Stearns, Thomas P. Boul-gcr and Charles H. Hanson were the police commissioners removed at noon today by Mayor Brown.Their removal was accompanied withfindings on charges recently preferredby the Mayor himself, which covered 64 typewritten pages.Formal notices of removal, together with copies of the Mayor’s findings, were sent by messengers to the deposed commissioners, who immediately announced publicly that they would take the matter to the courts.NAMES NEW COMMISSIONScarcely an hour after the notice of the ousting of the police had gone from the executive office, announcement was made by Mayor Brown of the new commissioners. They are: Simon B. Harris, chairman: Judge Charles S. Dilley and Winfred C. MacBrayne.The new members are all close friends of the Mayor and pledged to his policiesf. They have all signified their willingness to serve upon the police board.The letter which Mayor Brown sent to each member of the outgoing board read: “Dear Sir—Having carefully considered and reviewed the evidence against you in the matter of charges preferred by me on March 17, 1909,I hereby notify you that I have on this day at the above hour removed you from your office as a member of said board, and submit herewith my reasons therefor. Yours respectfully, “GEORGE H. BROWN, Mayor.” Simon B. Harris of the new board has for many years been identified with police work. He was on the State police force for eight years, and later for 12 years was special agent for the State Board of Pharmacy, In 1906 he was chief of police of Malden. He distinguished himself for running down gambling joints and liquor dives. He is a real estate dealer in Dowell and of independent means. Chairman Harris will complete the term of Frank K. Stearns, which expires in 1910.Judge Charles S. Dilley is one of the wealthiest lawyers in Dowell. He Is a former Judge of the Superior Court and has served in the State Senate as a Democrat. Judge Dilley, who Is at present in Colorado, is appointed to fill the place of Thomas I’. Boulger, whose term would have expired in 1912.Winfred C. MacBrayne has the distinction of being the youngest police commissioner in the State. He is but 26 years of age and is known as the closest personal friend Mayor Brown has in Dowell. He was manager of Mayor Brown’s campaign and had much to do in getting the policeman to run for office. He Is the Dowell correspondent for a Boston newspaper. Since Mayor Brown took office MacBrayne has been his private secretary at $1200 per annum. He resigned as secretary today.The salaries attached to the commissioners' positions are $1200 for the chairman and $1000 per year for the othermembers.When seen tonight by a Post reporter,I Chairman Harris said:I “The new board is in absolute sympathy with Mayor Brown's ideas of police reform. We haven’t outlined any definite policy yet, but there are going to be some radical changes.”Commissioner MacBrayne said:“The breweries have controlled the 94 licenses In the past. They are not going to control them any more. There are going to be a great many changes which will affect policemen all along the line. We are heart and soul with Mayor Brown in his endeavor to reform the department. There does not seem to be the slightest doubt but that we are legally in office. I do not think that the courts, if the ex-commissioners carry out theirthreats, will sustain the contention thatMayor Brown has done anything illegal.” The new hoard met for organization tonight. Judge Dilley is expected home next week to become active In the reforms planned by the new board.