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Search begins for Scott's replacement

Date: 12/21/2010

Dec. 22, 2010

By G. Michael Dobbs

Managing Editor

HOLYOKE — The search for Police Chief Anthony Scott's replacement has officially begun.

Mayor Elaine Pluta explained to Reminder Publications the committee that will select the new police chief met last week and is scheduled to meet on Dec. 20 to continue the process.

The committee has decided, she said, to restrict the search to New England and New York and will be using a recruitment company to aid them in funding suitable candidates.

City Council President Joseph McGiverin was elected chair of the group.

Pluta added the committee would spend about $25,000 to cover the cost of the recruitment consultant and advertising for the position.

The committee has set March 31 as its deadline for selecting a new chief to allow for a month's transitional period. Scott will be retiring on the last day of April, 2011.

The mayor said she anticipates there will be candidates from within the department.

Scott was hired in 1999. His 2008 contract shows that he was paid $130,540 during its first year and $133,164 by the third year. The chief uses an unmarked cruiser, has a departmental cell phone and laptop computer. He received 21 vacation days, three personal days and 15 days of sick time.

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