The Town of Williamstown (pop. 7500) seeks an interim Chief of Police for a period of approximately six to nine months while the town conducts a search for a permanent Chief. The Chief will report to the Town Manager in a “strong town manager” form of government, with an open town meeting. The Department, comprising 15 full-time and 3 part-time staff, provides round the clock policing and dispatching services. This interim position is intended to be a full-time position with significant on-site presence. Williamstown is a financially strong town in an active and engaged community. It operates according to principles of diversity, inclusion and equity as articulated in the Not in Our Town pledge, as adopted by the Town.
Candidates should have at least five to seven years of exemplary Police executive level service, preferably in a similarly sized community in Massachusetts or New England. Candidates should have proven managerial and interpersonal skills to lead and inspire during an organizational transition, with consistent attention to building strong relationships and trust with the diverse constituencies in our community, forming consensus, and committing to transparency. Additionally, skill in organizational development and policy implementation as well as awareness of the changing landscaping of policing both in community expectations and recent legal changes. Continuing professional support in these areas will be available for the successful candidate.
The Acting Chief of Police will be available to facilitate the transition. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Applications and questions should be directed to InterimPC@williamstownma.gov. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with review beginning April 5.