Residents named to police chief panel

Select Board appoints citizens panel members

LYNDEBOROUGH — Select Board members have finalized the membership of the citizens’ panel of residents who will interview candidates for the job of chief of police.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Geoff Brock and Mike Decubellis were named to the panel.

Brock, who is chair of the Wilton-Lyndeborough School Board, was recommended by the School Board to serve as its representative on the panel

Decubellis and Karen Grybko were recommended by the town’s Finance Committee to be that group’s representative. The Select Board unanimously chose to appoint Decubellis.

At an earlier meeting, the board had appointed Mark Schultz, Burton Reynolds and Bob Rogers to the citizens panel. Schultz is a former Lyndeborough police chief. Reynolds is the acting town administrator and Rogers is a former selectman.

Three people, whose names have not been released, are finalists for the police chief job, which is expected to be a 32 hour a week job, with a salary range of $40,000 to $55,000. The position was created after residents at Town Meeting in March narrowly approved a petition warrant article directing the board to hire a police chief, rather than continuing with the officer-in-charge system.

Prior to meeting with the citizens’ panel, the finalists will be interviewed by an oral board made up of four law enforcement professionals — police chiefs Brent Hautanen of Wilton, James Brace of New Boston and Mike Viola of Milford and State Police Lt. Christopher Wagner.

Those interviews will be held Sept. 26 and Reynolds told the Select Board he is expecting the oral board will be able to provide feedback immediately after the interviews.

Meetings with the citizen’s panel are planned for the second week of October.

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

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