After a 20-plus year career in the Beach City of Revere, Lt. Det. John Goodwin is getting ready to say farewell to the Revere Police Department and begin a new chapter in his law enforcement career. Goodwin recently accepted a position as Deputy Chief in neighboring Winthrop beginning April 13. He admits the decision to leave the city was a tough one.
“I am a Revere guy through and through,” he said. “It was a difficult decision but I believe it is the right one for my career.”
Goodwin has been on the police force in Revere for 22 years. He describes his career as a “well rounded” one starting as a patrolman in 1995 to sergeant, night shift commander, a liaison for the License Commission to lieutenant detective.
“I have had some great opportunities here,” he said. “I’ve had the chance to try and do so many different things that many people don’t get to do and I am very thankful for that.”
However, what he will miss most about Revere are his colleagues. “The people I work with are great people and I will miss seeing them every day,” he said.
Goodwin says he has worked with a few Winthrop police officers in the past and knows Police Chief Terrence Delehanty very well. “I think the Chief and I will complement each other well. I am ready to do whatever he needs me to do,” he said. “I am stepping outside my comfort zone but it will be interesting – I’m ready to learn.”
Goodwin said he’s looking forward to bringing his budget skills to the department as well. His new role will also consist of daily operations, personnel and case management.
“For the past few years in Revere, I’ve been working on our budget expenses and helped make cuts for over half a million dollars. It was new to me to be looking at that stuff and learning about it and how to save effectively, so I’m looking to bring some of that to Winthrop,” he said. “However, the first priority is to make sure the quality of life is the best it can be.”
While it is bittersweet to say goodbye to Revere, he is ready for the next step in his career. “It’s a great department with great people, so I am really excited,” he said.