Position Opening – Chief of Police




The Town of Worthington is soliciting resumes from qualified candidates for the part-time position of Chief of Police.  Please send letters of interest, resume and three (3) references with relevant contact information to: selectboard@worthington-ma.us, or to: Town of Worthington, P. O. Box 247, Worthington, MA.  Submittals must be received by March 16, 2020 by March 16, 2020.  The Selectboard will review all documents and schedule interviews with selected candidates.  

As part of the submittal, candidates must provide the following credentials in order to be eligible:

  • A training certificate from MPTC or a MPTC-approved academy regarding police powers in the Commonwealth, specifically providing a current certificate indicating that Reserve/Intermittent Training has been completed at a minimum.
  • Minimum, two years of college or an associate’s degree preferred. 
  • A minimum of five (5) years of law enforcement experience including a minimum of at least three (3) years in a supervisory role.
  • A valid Massachusetts driver’s license and a current and valid license to carry (LTC).

In addition, candidates must be aware of the following:

  • The Worthington Chief of Police is a part-time position reporting directly to the Selectboard
  • A good working relationship with the Massachusetts State Police must be demonstrated
  • The candidate will be subject to a detailed background check and CORI check

The Police Chief is responsible for the planning, directing, coordinating, controlling, training, staffing and scheduling the seven (+/-) Department personnel so that the Department operates efficiently.  This shall include the general charge and operation of the station house and all property under the control of the WPD.  Ultimately, as a “weak chief”, as defined by Massachusetts law, the Chief shall judiciously interpret and apply the laws, policies, rules and regulations of the Town and Commonwealth under the administrative direction of the Selectboard of the Town of Worthington.  Accordingly, the Chief shall report to the Selectboard on a regular basis as jointly arranged between the Chief and the Board, presenting all requested documentation and reports so as to demonstrate progress in the WPD operation.

Education and Experience:

              An Associate’s Degree from or two years of college or University preferred, with major course work in criminal justice, business, or public administration or an equivalent combination of training and experience that, in the opinion of the Selectboard, provides the appropriate knowledge, abilities and skills to perform the job description.  Candidates for WPD Chief must also possess a minimum of three (3) years experience in police administration, including comparable military police work.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure compliance with all laws which the WPD or its officers have the authority to enforce.
  2. Organize, direct and control all resources of the WPD to preserve the peace, protect persons and property and enforce the law.
  3. Establish and maintain appropriate working relationships with constituents including state and local officials, civic leaders, neighboring and state police officials and the public.
  4. Establish a routine of daily duties to be performed by officers and provide this information on a regular basis (to be determined between the Chief and Selectboard) to regular Selectboard meetings.  The Chief must also be in a position to designate an officer to serve as Interim Chief of Police in the event of an unforeseen absence by the Chief.  This candidate must meet the approval of the Selectboard prior to assuming the Chief position.
  5. Institute an adequate and progressive program of training for members and employees of the WPD.
  6. Prepare an annual budget consistent with the appropriation established at the annual Town Meeting.  This budget must be prepared and submitted to the Selectboard within one month of the vote at Town Meeting.  The budget should be periodically reviewed with the Selectboard and updated, as necessary, to reflect changes in Departmental spending, receipt of Grants or other financial changes that would alter the original budget.  The budget must include an annual projection for the wages per officer, anticipated capital expenses and any other budgetary items deemed germane by the Selectboard and/or the Chief.
  7. Submit the appropriate data and forms to the proper authority for the purpose of compiling and reporting the Uniform Crime Rate of the town.
  8. Maintain a personnel record system in which all pertinent information regarding all WPD members and employees shall be kept and maintained.
  9. Prepare and present oral and written information relating to the activities of the WPD, as required.  This shall include, but not be limited to, a presentation in the Annual Town Report, at the annual Town Meeting and at regularly scheduled Selectboard meetings.
  10. Submit other reports as required by law.

Other Requirements of the Position:

              The position of WPD Chief requires the individual to work in both an office and patrol setting and work at whatever time of the day an incident may require.  The Chief shall be the primary spokesperson for the WPD and communicate in whatever settings are deemed necessary by the circumstances.  The Chief shall be proficient in the technologically current equipment necessary to perform the job and add to that knowledge as new equipment and technology become available to the WPD.  The candidate must be in a physical condition that allows the performance of the tasks identified in this Position Description.  The Chief must be proficient in the use of the English language.  Other language skills are also encouraged.  Finally, the Chief must be willing to perform any other reasonable duties required by the Selectboard. 

Inquiries about this position may be sent  electronically to Peg O’Neal at Selectboard@Worthington-ma.us or by calling (413) 238-5577 x (100), Mon. Tues. and Thurs.

10 AM -5 PM and Wed. Noon – 7 PM. 

The Town of Worthington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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