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Wilbraham to begin its search for police chief

Date: 9/27/2011

Sept. 26, 2011

By Chris Maza

Reminder Assistant Editor

WILBRAHAM — For the first time in nearly two decades, the town of Wilbraham will have to find a new leader for its Police Department.

Police Chief Allen Stratton announced last week his plans to retire at the end of the year to the Board of Selectmen, who will now be responsible for appointing someone to the position.

Stratton has been a member of the Wilbraham Police Department since 1980 and has served as its chief for 18 of his nearly 31 years of service.

Town Administrator Robert Weitz, speaking on behalf of the Board of Selectmen, told Reminder Publications that the town has sought outside help in the hiring process.

“The Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston will assist with the search,” Wietz said, adding the total cost of using an outside consultant would be $12,500. “They will assist with the advertising of the position and the recruitment of potential candidates.”

After a list of candidates has been created, a search committee will review applications and pass on the best three or four candidates to be interviewed by the Board of Selectmen, Weitz explained.

He said there has been no decision made about who will make up the search committee.

Calls to Stratton requesting comment were not returned as of press time.

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