There's a new deputy in town Saturday, March 4, 2006
Norman Miller 508-626-3823 Metrowest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM -- For the past few years, Steven Trask has been in charge of the Framingham Police Department's safety bureau, and now he will be in charge of emergency planning for the entire town.

Trask, a 19-year veteran of Framingham Police, was promoted to deputy chief yesterday at a ceremony at the station.  He is the town's third deputy chief, joining Craig Davis and Ken Ferguson.

"Emergency management, as we all know, encompasses all types of disciplines," said Trask.  "That's the name of the game in Framingham, cooperation."

With his promotion, Trask will be in charge of emergency planning to deal with any type of disaster, either from weather or a terrorist attack, throughout the town.  Assistant Fire Chief John Magri will be the second in command.

"I have great expectations for Steve in this role," Police Chief Steve Carl said.

Trask has served as a DARE officer, as well as the juvenile officer and the court prosecutor.  He was a shift commander and was most recently the commander of the Traffic and Safety Division.

He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Westfield State College and a master's in public administration from Framingham State College. Westfield is a diploma mill for criminal justice degrees.

Carl said the promotion was deserved and necessary.

"It has to be an upper echelon person (in charge of emergency planning)," said Carl.  "You're creating policies to affect the whole town, and he has to be non-civil service and non-union."

Trask attended the National Fire Academy in Baltimore and has been to the FBI academy.

"He has the skill and ability to do the job," said Carl.  "It's a 40-plus hour a week job.  Just the paperwork is overwhelming.  It's a full-time, front-line job."

It is has not been decided who will take over for Trask in the safety division, Carl said.

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