Chief Szarejko, Cathy Goodell
Detective Denault, Chief Szarejko, Cathy Goodell, Sergeant Murano, Officer Watrous
Long Time Wilmington Police Dispatcher Catherine Goodell retired after over thirty years of service to the Wilmington Police Department and the citizens of Wilmington. Cathy started in December of 1983 and worked as a part time dispatcher when we used to have a Friday and Saturday night shift dispatcher on duty. She then took over when another dispatcher left and started on weekend day shifts and eventually to a full time dispatcher where she has been until the end of August 2015. Town employees, department heads and Town officials gathered on Wednesday to honor her and commend her for her service. Many people don’t realize how vital the dispatcher’s role is in police work. They are the officer’s lifeline as well as the persons who happened to call for service. Aside from the mountains of paperwork they handle weekly, preparing cases for court etc, they also handle calls at the door and provide service to persons who may stop in for anything from directions to how to obtain a relief from abuse order.
We will miss Cathy’s local knowledge, her hard work ethic, and her devotion to her job. We all wish her well.