Montuori Hopes To Have New Police Chief Named By End Of March
Feb 28, 2020 01:40PM
By Bill Gilman
Tewksbury Police Department.
Montuori said there are four candidates being considered for the position.
"I'm hoping to name a new chief by the end of March," he said.
Deputy Chief John Voto has been serving as interim chief since Chief Tim Sheehan left the department at the end of December to take the job as chief in South Portland, ME.
Voto is believed to be one of the finalists for the permanent position, though the names of the four candidates have not been released.
According to Montuori, All four of the candidates presently serving on the roster of the Tewksbury Police Department.
"There was no need to look outside the department. I felt like we had several qualified individuals, internally," he said.
The police chief position in Tewksbury falls under Civil Service. This makes the selection process a bit different than in some other communities. There is no wide-ranging search process and no screening committee or public interviews with finalists.
As town manager, Montuori is the sole hiring authority. Though, in theory, the board of selectmen could veto his pick.
Earlier this month, the four candidates each took part in an "assessment center" at Tewksbury Town Hall. The assessment center was run by BadgeQuest, a consulting firm that specializes in screening for public safety positions and has been used by Tewksbury in the past, to fill other supervisory positions within the TPD.
The assessment center includes a series of exercises designed to evaluate how a candidate responds to specific situations. There is also a written exam.
Montuori, along with Tewksbury Human Resources Director Teresa Belanger and Assistant Town Manager Steve Sadwick, sat in on the assessment center and observed the performance of each candidate.
According to Montuori, BadgeQuest will be scoring the assessment center performance of each candidate and will be forwarding him the results, including ranking the Top 3, within the next week or so.
After that, Montuori will be interviewing all four candidates and then make his decision.
"I think the fact that we have four qualified candidates speaks well for the department and for (Chief Sheehan) and the work he did training his staff," said Montuori.
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