West Stockbridge seeks new police chief


WEST STOCKBRIDGE — The town has named a four-person search committee to find a new police chief.

Town Administrator Mark Webber said the four members are former Selectman and Fire Chief Lawrence Tonini, local businessman Joseph Roy, resident Kathleen Davis and Jill Pixley, wife of late Police Chief William Pixley. Webber also is on the committee as a nonvoting advisory member.

The town has received a total of 23 applications, Webber said. Three of these, he said, were from inside Berkshire County.

The town is looking for a successor to former Chief Thomas Rubio, who left in July after more than 5 years on the job to take a patrolman's position in the Town of Stockbridge.

Webber said the committee has not yet met, but that he hopes the town will have a new chief by the fall.

Presently, the day-to-day police decisions are handled by Francis Murphy, who was named officer-in-charge of the department by the Select Board.

Murphy, part of a seven-person part-time police force, introduced the latest member of the West Stockbridge Police Department: Cameron Forest of Otis.

Forest, a 2014 graduate of Lee High School, was to be sworn in later in the week.

In other business, the board also noted that Monday was the anniversary of the West Stockbridge tornado, which swept through the town in 1973, killing four and injuring 33.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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