3 candidates remain for police chief post

LYNDEBOROUGH — After reviewing five applications for the town’s police chief job, Select Board members narrowed the field to three finalists during a non-public portion of their meeting on Wednesday.

The names of the three candidates have not been released. Cindi Hasty, the town’s administrative assistant, said they are being notified by mail and interviews will be set up soon.

The first step for the finalists will be to meet with an oral board of law enforcement professionals, who will then make recommendations to the Select Board. The oral board will consist of two state police representatives — Capt. John LeLacheur and Lt. Christopher Wagner — and three police chiefs from nearby towns — Brent Hautanen of Wilton, James Brace of New Boston and Mike Viola of Milford.

No date has been set for the oral board interviews.

Select Board members are still in the process of setting up a committee of residents who would also interview the finalists. Board member Kevin Boette said at Wednesday’s meeting that anyone interested in serving on that committee should contact one of the Select Board members or speak to Hasty or Town Administrator Burton Reynolds.

In March, voters approved a petition warrant article, by a margin of 45 to 43, directing the Select Board to hire a police chief.

Lyndeborough adopted its current officer-in-charge system at a Special Town Meeting in 2008, when voters chose to eliminate the police chief job after battling in court with former chief James Basinas. In 2012, Capt. Thomas Burke resigned as officer in charge, citing board interference, and Sgt. Paul Roy was fired by the Select Board. Those incidents prompted the petition warrant article.

In July, Select Board members agreed that the police chief position should be a 32-hour a week job, with a salary range of $40,000 to $55,000.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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