Williamstown residents are invited to hitch the seek for a everlasting police chief. North Berkshires


The seek for a everlasting Williamstown police chief is about to start.

Williamstown — Almost two years after former police chief Kyle Johnson resigned, city supervisor Robert Menicki is about to start the seek for a everlasting police chief to run the division.

Johnson resigned in December 2020 following allegations of racist and sexist actions within the division, allegations that led to the extra resignations of former City Supervisor Jason Hoch and Police Sergeant. Scott McGowan.

The town is demanding neighborhood members volunteer to serve on one in every of three interview panels that can interview candidates for the place and report again to Menickiocki.

In Williamstown, the City Supervisor is the hiring authority for the put up of Chief of Police.

Since early 2021, Interim Police Chief Mike Zimba has been serving.

Menicki stated it might take a couple of weeks for the interview panel to fill out the roster of volunteers. Quickly after that the commercial will begin for the candidates.

Interviews will begin after the preliminary screening of the candidates.

Gathering the interview panel, Menicki stated he’s on the lookout for as many views as attainable. He stated every panel would have six to eight folks.

“I do know we’ve broad views, and that is why I need to discover as many contact factors as attainable,” he stated. “It is a part of constructing belief within the course of and outcomes.”

He acknowledged that discovering a everlasting police chief is an pressing matter, however it is usually essential to not rush the method. “We’ve got to get this proper,” he stated, “so we will take the time to try this.”

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He stated the job description is ready and prepared to be used within the search course of. Menicocci expects hiring to be rigorous, with intensive background checks and the necessity for distinctive credentials for finalists.

“I need to be certain that we get a very good pool of candidates,” Menicki stated. They count on the interview course of to take two to 4 weeks as soon as the pool of candidates is ready.

“We’re on the lookout for a really skilled one that actually desires to be a member of the neighborhood” who may also help develop the division to earn the belief and belief of the neighborhood.

Total, he stated, he expects to pick out the very best candidate for the job by early 2023.

Menicki stated the town has an “extremely low fee of crime” with few incidents of violent crime.

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