Advertisement for a permanent police chief for Cohasset, MA

The Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, is seeking experienced candidates for the position of Chief of Police. Cohasset is a vibrant coastal community of 7,800 residents, 20 miles south of Boston, with an active commercial/recreational harbor, a commuter rail station, and a popular seasonal entertainment venue. The Chief of Police is appointed by the Town Manager with the concurrence of the Board of Selectmen. The Police Department currently consists of 17 sworn full-time officers, 3 Part-Time Officers, 12 Special officers, 1 P/T Animal Control Officer, 1 P/T Crossing Guard, and 1 P/T Administrative Assistant. Candidates must possess unquestioned integrity, a thorough knowledge of police administration, and proven management and leadership skills. Minimum requirements include 15 years police experience, including no less than 10 years of supervisory/command experience, and have attained the rank of lieutenant or above. A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public or business administration, or a related field is required. A Master’s degree and/or completion of a nationally recognized advanced law enforcement administration course is preferred. Starting salary is between $115,000-$130,000, with a comprehensive benefits package. Applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to Christopher Senior, Cohasset Town Manager, 41 Highland Avenue, Cohasset, MA 02025, or by email to Résumés must be received no later than February 9, 2015 to be considered. The successful candidate must meet all standards established by the Massachusetts Municipal Training Committee.

Here’s a potential political HOT issue for town elections…

Sometime this April Badge Quest, a police and fire recruitment center, will deliver To Town Manager Chris Senior 2-4 police chief candidates who have been thoroughly vetted and evaluated by their peers. The timing of the appointment practically coincides with annual elections.

At that time Senior will take his top pick(s) to the selectmen, who can vote nay or yea.

At Selectmen’s most recent meeting, citizen Ralph Dormitzer and his coterie (former selectman Paul Carlson, conservation chair Jack Creighton, cable advisory committeeman Merle Brown, capital budget chair Jack Keniley) were present to put in a plug for their favorite candidate, acting police chief Bill Quigley. Keniley served as spokesperson.

Over the past year the pro-Quigley group and area newspapers have referred to massive citizen’s support of Quigley, that they say was demonstrated by a 600 plus signature MYSTERY petition call for the appointment of Quigley as permanent chief during the reign of former acting town manager Mike Milanoski. That petition, however, was never submitted to selectmen. It was just talked about. So no one knows who the alleged 600 people were who allegedly signed the petition or why it was not submitted.

James Gilman, the coterie’s alleged candidate for Selectman at May elections, was also at last week’s meeting. Gilman is one of the non-professional persons who were appointed to replace several professional and long-time members of the conservation commission in 2011. Two of the selectmen who voted to replace those conservation members lost their re-election bids and one chose not to run. The firing of conservation members continues to make people angry as recently as the last election. Gilman ran against sewer commission Wayne Sawchuk at the 2014 elections and lost by 362 votes.

There is only one selectman’s seat up for grabs this year. Selectman Martha Gjesteby has not yet declared if she will run for a second three-year term.

th-1No, the timing of the police chief search is not good for town elections or for Senior, but then we have seen Senior pull bunny rabbits out of several hats since he became Town Manager last January.

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