The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 9, 2005


Selectmen near police chief selection

The search committee for a new police chief is scheduled to make a recommendation at the Board of Selectmen's meeting on Tuesday, December 13. The committee includes Selectmen Tony Allison and Bill Tice, Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie and Personnel Board member Doris Jafferian. According to Jafferian they have met several times, have advertised the opening, reviewed the applications received and interviewed the three best candidates for the position.

The Police Chief search committee has maintained complete confidentiality throughout the search process. While no one the Mosquito contacted was willing to give details about the list of candidates being considered, committee members did confirm that Acting Chief Lieutenant John Sullivan is one of the three finalists.

Sullivan also confirmed his candidacy, but declined any additional comment when contacted by the Mosquito. When former Police Chief David Galvin retired earlier this year, Sullivan was named acting chief until the Selectmen make a permanent appointment.

Galvin said in a telephone interview earlier this week that there are at least three ways that towns can select a new chief: One is a straightforward appointment, without search activity, as was done when the Carlisle Fire Chief position became vacant, and has been done by some neighboring towns. A second, which Carlisle is currently pursuing, is to form a search committee, advertise the opening, interview appropriate candidates, and make a recommendation to the Selectmen. A third, used primarily by larger towns, is to enlist the services of a professional group to advertise, interview and recommend a candidate.

In the spring of 2004 during the search for a new Carlisle School Superintendent, the Carlisle School Committee introduced finalists to the community and shared candidate biographies with the Mosquito.

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