LANESBOROUGH — The search for a new police chief is on hold until the new coronavirus pandemic is over.
The Select Board has suspended the search for Timothy Sorrell's successor as the town's current police chief has decided to delay his retirement.
Sorrell informed the board on Friday he wanted to remain on the job to help see Lanesborough through the global health crisis.
"Out of a sense of duty, I'm going to work through December or possibly until June 2021," he said in a phone interview with The Eagle on Friday afternoon.
Sorrell has three years remaining on his contract. He currently earns an annual salary of $88,000.
Select Board Chairman John Goerlach told The Eagle he welcome's Sorrell's decision.
"I think it's good for the community in this tough time," he said.
Goerlach added, the 26 applicants who have already submitted resumes and the search committee will be notified the search has been suspended.
Sorrell said he's staying on the job, in part, at the request from a number of residents.
"I got calls from people asking me to stay. They want somebody they can feel comfortable with right now," he said, "and it's not fair to the new chief that would be coming on board."
Sorrell had submitted his letter of resignation to the Select Board in January, and on Tuesday, the Select Board filled the final spot on the five-person police chief search committee, which will now be put on hold.
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