DALTON -- Though he was absent from the decision because he was fulfilling his National Guard duties, Christopher J. Furlong has been appointed to sergeant by the Dalton Select Board. Officer Furlong's promotion goes into effect July 1.

"We're definitely seeing a turnover, a generational change in the police department," Dalton Select Board Chairman John Boyle said.

A pinning ceremony for Furlong will be held on July 9. A decorated member of the National Guard for 16 years, Furlong studied criminal justice at Westfield State University after graduating from Wahconah High School.

His appointment comes after the current sergeant, Richard Nicholas, announced his retirement effective July 1. Nicholas has been sergeant for 18 months, filling the position after Jeffrey Coe was appointed police chief. Nicholas joined the Dalton Police Department in 1981.

Also at the Select Board meeting, Matthew Mozzi was appointed regular police officer, effective July 1, and William Munch was appointed temporary full-time police officer, effective Aug. 15.