Chief Steven Wojnar is a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College and Western New England College where he received his master’s degree in 2001.  Chief Wojnar was hired as a part time officer and dispatcher in the Town of Dudley, Mass in 1988. He was promoted to full time in 1990 and Sergeant in 2002.  He served as Police Chief for 20 years, from January of 2003 to January 2023.  During his career he has served as the Department Court Liaison Officer and Crime Scene Technician.  The chief was active in the local schools, formerly serving as a field attendance officer, assisted in starting the School Resource Officer Program, and was known as “Officer Friendly” for his work at the Mason Road Elementary School.  He had lunch and other informal interactions with the kids to promote and foster positive relationships between police and students.  As Chief, he was involved in many cases, including the first-ever Amber Alert in Massachusetts in 2003. The Chief served on many local boards/committees, including the United Way of Webster and Dudley, Helping Address the Needs of Dudley Seniors (HANDS), and as one of the founding members and President of the Southern Worcester County Drug and Counter Crime Task Force.   He is a Past President of the Central MA Chiefs of Police from 2012, a former member of the Executive Planning Committee for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association in 2018.  After his presidential term, he served as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Legislative Committee as well as other positions withing the organization.  He has been a presenter at the International Chiefs of Police Association conference (Dallas 2022) and has been an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Nichols College in Dudley since 2009.  He is a 2016 inductee into the Grafton Mass High School Athletic Hall of Fame and is a Stage 3 colorectal cancer survivor.

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