EGREMONT -- Interim Police Chief Brian Shaw remains the top choice to fill the town's vacant police chief position.
The Board of Selectmen on Monday re-affirmed its commitment to hire Shaw as permanent police chief, replacing Reena Bucknell, who was fired last month. Bucknell was let go after the board said she missed a deadline to sign a buyout agreement to leave on amicable terms.
Selectmen have praised Shaw, a veteran in the Stockbridge Police Department, for bringing stability to the department.
"I think he's been able to bring some cohesiveness through all this turnover," Selectwoman Mary Brazie said on Tuesday. "Because he's a local boy, he knows the town, the police departments, and the people and it's a great fit for everyone."
Shaw, who did not attend the Selectmen's meeting, said he'd wait until select board members officially approach him before discussing his long-term employment. No date has been set for negotiations.
He continues work as a full-time officer in Stockbridge.
Shaw assumed leadership of the department back in June following a no-confidence vote from the department's officers regarding Bucknell.
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 is no longer paying her salary.
Rather than immediately offering Shaw the full-time position, they opted to continue his part-time employment through Dec. 31, then offer a full-time spot beginning in the new year.
The salary would be similar to Bucknell's salary of about $62,000 a year, Brazie said. The position would pay him $31 an hour.
Bucknell's lawyer has threatened to file a lawsuit regarding her dismissal. As of Monday no lawsuit has been filed, according to town officials.
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