John Guilfoil is the Founder and Owner of JGPR, founding the public relations firm in 2013 to support media relations for police and fire departments during a crisis. Since then, the company has expanded to include school districts, public health agencies, public works, state/county agencies and whole municipal governments, as well as non-profits and business clients.
He is also the Founder and Owner of JGPR Academy.
Benjamin Paulin is the Vice President of John Guilfoil Public Relations and Manager of JGPR Academy.
Ben oversees the company’s Canton office, which manages the company’s clients south of Boston, including police departments, fire departments, school districts and municipal government agencies.
Fire Chief Roger Hatfield has over 40 years of private, municipal, state and federal experience in life safety and emergency management.
He started his fire service career in 1978. He worked part-time in a non-firefighting role for the City of Nashua, NH Fire Department. In 1984, the City of Nashua Fire Department hired him as a full-time firefighter. Chief Hatfield worked his way through the ranks and was subsequently promoted to Assistant Superintendent of the Training Division in 1990, to Superintendent of Training in 1992, Assistant Chief of the Department in 2001 and to Chief in June 2004. He retired as Chief from the City of Nashua, NH in 2007.
Ken Lavallee has a combined forty years of experience as a law enforcement and security professional. Ken is currently a Senior Associate/Assessor at Parow Consulting & Associates of Chelmsford, MA, a Public Safety Consulting group. In June of 2020 Ken retired after serving seven years as a Security Specialist/Assistant Vice-President at Enterprise Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts. Enterprise Bank is a commercial bank and financial services company serving businesses, non-profits, professional practices, and high net worth individuals. Enterprise Bank currently has over four billion dollars in assets. Prior to Ken’s employment with Enterprise Bank, he served thirty-two years as a police officer, retiring in March of 2013 as Superintendent (Chief) of the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department. During Ken’s career he served as a patrol officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Superintendent before assuming the rank of Superintendent on December 1, 2006. At the time, the Lowell Police Department consisted of 231 sworn and 98 non-sworn personnel, with a 23.8-million-dollar budget, serving a multi-cultural population of 106,000.
David Avery is a retired Randolph Police officer having served for 32 years. During his career he served as a patrol officer, duty detective, prosecutor and supervisor before retiring as an executive officer with the rank of Lieutenant.
Upon assignment to Detective Commander he supervised all detective units including general investigations, narcotics, gangs, prosecution and school resource officers as well as public records, background investigations and professional standards. He was proactive in community programs involving opioid use, mental health and emergency management and served as the domestic violence officer for fifteen years.
Chief George McNeil is a lifetime law enforcement professional with 37 years of experience. Having graduated first in his police academy class, and subsequently working his way through the ranks of the Randolph Police Department, he was appointed as Chief of the Somerset Police Department in 2014, where he proudly led the department until his retirement in 2021.
John served on the Randolph Police Department from 1986 to 2022. During his tenure he was a Patrol Officer, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Detective Lieutenant, Patrol Lieutenant, Administrative Lieutenant, and retired as Commander of Operations and Training.
John was known as a cop’s cop and represented officers as a past President of Local 511 of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) and past President of Local 34 of the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA).
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