Chief Dan resigns, citing health issues

CAMBRIDGE — Citing health reasons, Chief Dan Dvorak has submitted his resignation as police chief for the Cambridge Police Department. Council was notified of his intentions, and he submitted a formal resignation on April 4.

In a text message to this office, Chief Dan told us, “I’m resigning for personal reasons. I need to take care of my health, and Denise too. When, exactly, is up to the Council. I submitted my resignation today.”

“The chief has submitted a letter of resignation. It will be on the agenda for the Monday Council meeting,” City Manager Sandra Tripp-Jones told The Banner. “He is proposing to leave in May, subject to Council’s accepting his resignation. He cited personal reasons. He does have health issues that he needs to take care of.”

Dan Dvorak, or “Chief Dan” as he’s come to be known, was sworn in as police chief in Cambridge in January of 2015. He came to this city from Newport, R.I., where he was a lieutenant on the force there with 22 years on the job. He brought his wife Denise and three children, Nathan, who attends Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, and Rachel and Joshua, who are enrolled in higher education outside of this area. He purchased a house in the Algonquin section of Cambridge, and has been an unrelenting cheerleader for the city and the Eastern Shore since he arrived.

“Whenever anybody asks me how I like it here — people from my old home, from my family — I say man, I absolutely love it,” the chief told this writer during a ride-along in Cambridge last year.

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Cambridge Police Chief Dan Dvorak and his wife Denise.

“I’m sorry that he’s leaving,” said City Manager Tripp-Jones, “He has greatly changed and improved the image of his department in the community. We saw a 20 percent drop in the crime right in Cambridge last year under his direction. For the short time he’s been here, a little more than two years, Chief Dan has made a very positive contribution. We’re all sorry to see him go, and I think he is too.

“What Dan tells me, and it‘s really up to him to confirm this, is that he is intending to stay in Cambridge,” added Ms. Tripp-Jones.
Chief Dan’s replacement will require approval of the City Council. City Manager Tripp-Jones will be recommending an interim chief at the Monday closed-session Council meeting, but according to the City Manager there will ultimately be another search for a new permanent police chief in Cambridge.

“I totally understand his decision,” said City Manager Tripp-Jones, “He has my full support in that.”

Paul Clipper is the editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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