Abington: Town’s financial status leaves little to no room for new departmental positions

Abington Police Chief David Majenski has requested funding for four new officer positions in his fiscal year 2015 budget request.

Town Manager Rick LaFond said he does not see the ability for the town to add  additional positions in any department for FY15.

“Hopefully that will change,” LaFond said, “Hopefully the state budget process will be a little bit more generous to cities and towns than it currently would appear, but as of right now [the new positions] would not be feasible.”

LaFond acknowledged that when funds become available in the future, the police department would probably be a priority area. “Certainly it’s important though, at least for the public officials, to make some assessment as to what they believe the funding priorities ought to be when there is some feasibility to add positions,” he said, “It would appear right now that that ability will be there this fiscal year coming up.”

However, LaFond added that it’s still early in the state’s budget process, and it’s not “out of the question” that there could be additional funding opportunity. “We’ll have to play it by month,” he said.

Majenski said the four new officers would put the total number in the department at 29. He described his current staffing to already be at “bare bones.”

About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.