After nearly eight months on leave, Sean Gibbons is out as Wayland police chief

WAYLAND — Sean Gibbons is no longer Wayland's police chief.

The Select Board released a statement on Saturday announcing that Gibbons had reached an "employment settlement agreement" with the town and has submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 20.

Gibbons has seven days to revoke his acceptance of the agreement. The town will not comment on the agreement during that period, but officials said in the release that they would release details of the agreement and an investigative report to the public after the revocation period expires.

Personnel matter: Wayland police chief has been on leave for three months; no time frame given for resolution

"The Select Board and town administration wish to thank the members of the Wayland Police Department for their patience during this challenging period and would also like to thank the residents for their understanding throughout this process," Select Board members said in the release. "It is the town's sincere belief that the course taken was done in the best interests of the town, the Police Department and the residents of Wayland."

Sean Gibbons, right, replaced the retiring Patrick Swanick as Wayland police chief last December.
Sean Gibbons, right, replaced the retiring Patrick Swanick as Wayland police chief last December.

Gibbons has been on administrative leave since March 31. Lt. Ed Burman, who had recently come to the department from Ashland, has been serving as acting chief since that time.

The reason Gibbons was placed on leave was never announced publicly. However, in a March 31 email from then-acting Town Manager Stephen Crane to Gibbons, Crane informed Gibbons he was being placed on administrative leave "pending an investigation of your performance as an employee of the town of Wayland."

'Perfect fit': Sean Gibbons was named Wayland police chief in December; he's now on leave

Gibbons has been chief for a little less than a year; he was appointed last December after Patrick Swanick retired.

Gibbons has been with the Wayland Police Department since 2002. Prior to that, he had stints in Los Angeles and Sturbridge. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Western New England College, as well as a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England.

Norman Miller can be reached at 508-626-3823 or For up-to-date public safety news, follow him on Twitter @Norman_MillerMW or on Facebook at

This article originally appeared on MetroWest Daily News: Sean Gibbons resigns as Wayland police chief after agreement with town