Jan. 7, 2019: Southampton, Mass., Police Chief Michael R. Goyette retired on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, after more than thirty years at the Southampton Police Department and after three years as the department’s Police Chief. Goyette led the department since October, 2015. Goyette announced that he was retiring sooner than expected because he has a family member who is battling cancer. Lt. Ian Illingsworth was named to succeed Goyette as the Southampton Acting Police Chief, as of Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, after working for three years as a Lieutenant. Goyette started his career as a Police Officer in Northampton and Williamsburg before he joined the Southampton Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1996 and to Lieutenant in 1999, and has also worked as the D.A.R.E. Officer at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton.