Cohasset: Acting town manager postpones police chief appointment

Cohasset’s acting town manager informed the board of selectmen Tuesday night that he’s delaying his appointment of a new police chief.

Acting Town Manager Michael Milanoski said he wants to appoint Acting Police Chief Bill Quigley as the town’s permanent police chief, but not until a meeting takes place between himself, Selectmen Chair Fred Koed and Quigley.

However, Fred Koed said, that’s just not going to happen.

“I’m going to not meet one on one on this issue with the candidate and you know my reasons why. My position has always been that I’m for a level playing field search,” Koed explained.

This goes back to a vote selectmen took last month, to not support the appointment of a police chief until the board hires a permanent town manager.

But Selectman Steve Gaumer said the only authority selectmen have is to reject Milanoski’s decision to hire Quigley.

“We do have a say in rejecting an appointment and that’s our ability, and that’s what the law supports. Either the existing town manager act or the amended town manager act – both say that. So, before we get our underwear in a bunch and give ourselves authority that we don’t have, let’s recognize that the law does not support that position”

Milanoski has postponed his appointment.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.