EGREMONT -- Interim Police Chief Brian Shaw, a town native who began his career with his hometown department, has signed a three-year contract to serve as the full-time police chief.

Shaw signed the contract during the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday. His contract starts with a $65,000 salary and increases to $70,000 in the next fiscal year.

"He has proven that he can lead our department," Selectwoman Mary Brazie said on Tuesday.

Shaw, a Sheffield resident whose mother lives in Egremont, will begin working full-time on Jan. 1, 2014. Hired part-time in the spring, Shaw joined the department as a veteran of the Stockbridge Police Department. Shaw's contract will need to be approved at the next annual town meeting.

Shaw replaces former police chief Reena Bucknell, who was fired in September. Bucknell had been on paid administrative leave since February following a vote of no confidence by the department's officers. She was fired by Selectmen after they were unable to agree on a severance package.