Amherst to begin search for new police chief

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Decision expected in June

Amherst has begun the process to hire a new permanent police chief.

AMHERST - Amherst hopes to appoint a new police chief in June. Town council struck a three-person committee during its February committee of the whole meeting that will lead the town through the recruitment process.

Mayor Robert Small and Coun. Lisa Emery, who is also chairwoman of the police commission, will join CAO Greg Herrett on the committee.

"Council has approved the recruitment of a permanent police chief as one of its strategic priorities," Herrett told council on Monday. "The first step in that process is the establishment of a police chief recruitment committee."

Herrett said the committee's first task will be to determine the level of consultant involvement in the process. He said the committee will aim to limit its use of consultants to keep costs down. He is also confident the timeline of June is realistic.

"There's always the possibility it could get extended by a month but the goal is to have it completed by June," he said.

Ian Naylor has been the acting chief since longtime chief Charles Rushton retired last October.

Staff Sgt. Scott White is presently the acting deputy chief. When council set its strategic priorities following the October election hiring a new chief was identified as one of several priorities to be completed in council's first year.

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