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Friday, December 16, 2005


Report of the Police Chief Search Committee

On December 13, the Selectmen's Search Committee recommended Glen McKiel to succeed Dave Galvin as Carlisle's Chief of Police (see article by Dave Ives on page 1). Search Committee members include Personnel Board member Doris Jafferian, Selectmen Tony Allison and Bill Tice, and Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie. Their report is reprinted below:

"When we first began the search process we had no idea how many candidates would present themselves for this position or the quality of the applicant pool. Our committee's goal was to recommend to the Board of Selectmen the candidate that we thought was the best-qualified person for the position. As we worked hard at evaluating the finalists, the members of the Search Committee, who brought a wide and diverse range of perspectives to the table, selected Chief Glen McKiel unanimously for reasons that include:

"Chief McKiel has an impressive educational background. He is an honors graduate in 1979 at Austin Prep School in Reading, Mass. He then attended Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Mass., where he graduated in 1986 with an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Following that, he attended Franklin Pierce College and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Finance and Management. Then in 1993 he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Management from UMass-Lowell.

His employment experience also played a significant role in our recommendation. Glen McKiel has been a police officer 17 years, has worked his way up the ranks and now serves as the Chief of Police in Warren, Mass. for the last three years. For those of you not familiar with Warren, the following was compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. 'The Town of Warren is a small rural community located midway between Worcester and Springfield with about 5,000 citizens. It's located in Central Massachusetts 24 miles west of Worcester, 27 miles northeast of Springfield, and 64 miles west of Boston. It was first settled in the 1720s as part of the Quaboag Plantation. For many years, the economic base was agriculture and the fabric industry. The latter was the result of the location of many mills along the Quaboag River. Today, only two mills and half a dozen farms remain. In recent years Warren has attracted many former city dwellers who still commute to work in the cities of Worcester or Springfield and return to this bedroom community at the end of their day.'

"As Chief of the Warren Police Department, McKiel is responsible for all aspects of the operation and management of the department and dispatch operations including: budgeting, planning, organizing, directing, policy and procedure development and implementation, hiring, training, union negotiations, overseeing all investigations as well as employee development and retention.

"From 1990 until his appointment as a police chief, he was a police sergeant in Littleton, Mass. There his duties and training included command responsibility of the community policing division, personnel and budget management, policy development, project and program development, analysis and research, public relations, media liaison, and departmental training programs.

"From 1988 to 1990 he was a patrolman in the town of Shirley, Mass., where he was involved with police patrol, preliminary investigations, community policing, and enforcement of state and
local laws.

"In addition to his current job, Chief McKiel has been an adjunct Criminal Justice Faculty Member at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Mass. teaching courses in the A.S. Degree program.

"From 1993 to 1999 Chief McKiel was also a faculty member at Hesser College in Manchester, N.H., teaching AS and BA level criminal justice courses.

"Additional training undertaken by Chief McKiel that the Search Committee considered relevant includes:

The Municipal Police Institute in Wellesley, Mass. — the Mass. Chiefs of Police Association's 'Command Officers Training Program.'

"Chief McKiel attended the FBI-National Academy Leadership Development Program from January thru March 2005 in Quantico, Virginia. This selective FBI program is considered the premier leadership training program in police management and the selection committee viewed this as an extremely strong qualifying factor for the position. Participation is by invitation only and consists of studies that include: Law, Behavioral Science, Forensic Science, Leadership Development, Communication, and Health/Fitness.

"Finally, in the area of work experience, Chief McKiel assumed local control over one of the largest and most in-depth police cases in the history of Massachusetts. The case, the Molly Bish case, involved the kidnapping, murder and ultimate recovery of the body of a 16-year-old lifeguard who was abducted from her work station. Chief McKiel worked closely with State and Federal investigators and gained valuable skills and experiences including major case management, proper procedure for interagency cooperation as well as effective coordination of local and national media. As a result of the case, he has received extensive training at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington D.C. He has also assisted other communities on how to respond appropriately to events of this magnitude and has made presentations on this topic throughout the Northeast. According to references, Chief McKiel, after this tragedy, provided leadership that helped the community heal and to make the town's citizens feel safe again.

"Besides reviewing his resume, Chief McKiel was interviewed by the four of us on the committee and impressed us with how well he answered the interview questions. When he was asked about how he would police Carlisle, he presented a vision of community policing, staff management, union relations, budgeting, community relations, working with the schools and the town's senior citizens that is fully consistent with the Town of Carlisle's values.

"Chief McKiel has a record of proven leadership at the police chief management level. His references were uniformly positive in speaking of his ability to manage, motivate and retain staff. He was praised for his ability to successfully handle conflict resolution and for his efforts in spending a great deal of time interacting with the community. His degree in management and finance provides him with a solid background in managing a police budget that is now over $1,000,000/year in Carlisle. Both his annual reports and his references mentioned his success in proactively obtaining grants to help fund additional police expenditures not in a budget. The list of grants awarded to Warren under Chief McKiel's leadership outlined in the Town of Warren's annual reports are too numerous to mention now.

"Lastly the committee discussed the notion of trade-offs in recommending someone outside of Carlisle for this position. However, given that Chief McKiel's policing experience is grounded in small towns and having spent 12 years on the Littleton Police Department, Carlisle is well-known territory to him. Chief McKiel and his wife have lived in this area for a long time and both desire to return to the area. He is a faculty member at Middlesex Community College in Bedford and is in the area weekly when he has a semester teaching assignment. During the interview process, it was apparent Chief McKiel had researched Carlisle and the issues facing our town as he was able to provide quite detailed answers when we asked him about his thoughts on what were the important issues facing Carlisle and the Carlisle Police Department in particular.

"As many people know, Carlisle is changing and will change more in the future. Chief McKiel's many experiences and broad background will serve Carlisle well now and in the future."

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito