Hanson Selectmen unanimously voted Tuesday night to hire BadgeQuest, a public safety consulting firm, to help pick and narrow down candidates for police chief.
According to Hanson Town Administrator Rene Read, the assistance of BadgeQuest comes with a price tag that’s more than $15,000. Money will be taken from the town’s reserve fund to hire the consulting firm.
But Read explains that the community’s input will play a huge role in the selection of a new police chief through a town search committee, “Comprised of people such as a person from the school department, people from local businesses, perhaps a member from a religious organization…The purpose is to have the search committee help the consultant identify the needs of the community.”
Hanson Selectmen said they will meet with BadgeQuest and appoint residents to the search committee within the coming weeks.
Former Hanson Police Chief Edward Savage resigned the beginning of October after a month long suspension. Arthur Parker was asked to join the Hanson Police Department temporarily as chief following Savage’s suspension. However Parker, who retired as Carver’s Police Chief two years ago, says he has no interest in staying on permanently.
“I’m interested in helping them in the short run and I wish them luck in the long run,” said Parker