HINSDALE -- Selectmen will meet next week to decide the status of Hinsdale Police Chief Nancy Daniels.
Last week, Hinsdale Select Board placed Daniels -- the department's only full-time employee -- on paid administrative leave because she's not completed the state's municipal police training for full-time officers.
Because of this, Daniels' police powers expired Nov. 20. Daniels said she plans to take the training when it's next offered in February, but the Municipal Police Training Committee has refused a request to extend her powers until then.
At Wednesday's meeting, Daniels' attorney Mark T. Brennan, an attorney with the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the board are expected to reach a conclusion regarding the chief's status with the town.
Selectman Bruce Marshall asked about how the department is functioning in her absence.
"Can you tell me the status of the police department at this point in time?" he asked Hinsdale Select Board Chair Bonnie Conner. "How we're operating? What's going on with it?"
"It's my understanding that the scheduling was made out for the rest of the month," Conner replied. "The shifts are covered. If there is a problem it can be referred to [Dalton Police Department]."
Rodney Maloney, the senior officer in Hinsdale, said things are running smoothly. He and six other part-timers comprise the department's active staff.
"We've been picking up the slack," Maloney said. "We know what we need to do and we're doing it."
Maloney supported Daniels, saying the board could simply knock her down to 32 hours per week and thereby circumvent the training requirement. Daniels, a part-time officer for 13 years prior to be promoted, has completed the required training for part-time officers.
"That's all you'd have to do," Maloney said. "I find it strange that this is being made into such an issue."
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