EGREMONT -- Interim Police Chief Brian Shaw remains the top choice to fill the town’s vacant police chief position.
The Egremont Board of Selectmen during Monday’s regular public meeting re-affirmed its commitment to hire Shaw as permanent police chief following the recent firing of suspended chief, Reena Bucknell. She was let go in September after she didn’t immediately sign a buyout agreement to leave on amicable terms.
Selectmen on Aug. 26 voted unanimously to offer Shaw the full-time position, but that was prior to Bucknell’s firing. Now, the town has greater financial flexibility to hire a new chief because it’s no longer paying her salary.
Selectmen could have immediately offered Shaw the full-time position. Instead they opted to continue Shaw’s part-time employment through Dec. 31, then offer a full-time spot beginning in the new year.
Shaw who was in Town Hall Monday but did not attend the selectmen’s meeting said he’d wait until select board members officially approached him before discussing his long-term employment. No date has been set for negotiations.
Shaw, a veteran officer of the Stockbridge Police Department, assumed leadership of the department back in June following a no-confidence vote from the department’s officers in regards to Bucknell.
In addition to his part-time role in Egremont, Shaw continues to be employed full-time at the Stockbridge Police Department.