BadgeQuest to help with Truro, MA police chief hire

The Brass Key | October 21, 2010 | Comments (0)

By a split vote, selectmen Tuesday night approved the hiring of a consultant to help the police chief search committee in its task of providing a list of five finalists for the job.

The search committee requested approval to hire BadgeQuest Inc., a West Yarmouth consulting firm that specializes in the police chief selection process, for $8,900. Where the funding will come from is unknown, as the selectmen do not have the money in their budget. Assistant Town Administrator Charleen Greenhalgh, the non-voting chair of the committee, will try to find the available funds and return to selectmen with the alternatives.

According to its proposal, BadgeQuest will identify the essential knowledge, skill, abilities and personal characteristics needed by the Truro police chief, and will help the committee choose the finalists through a series of assessments that tests and evaluate each candidate’s knowledge.

“We don’t have the expertise to complete an assessment — to ask the right questions and the different scenarios for the applicant

to respond to,” said Greenhalgh. She said that BadgeQuest has been used to hire the last several chiefs on Cape Cod and comes highly recommended.

Selectman Gary Palmer, who voted against the request, said he feels the search committee has the expertise to do the job “without the aid of hired technocrats” and that ranking the applicants for the board of selectmen is beyond the committee’s purview. “It’s a strong committee,” he said.

“I thought the search committee was the independent group” that would choose the finalists, said Selectman Jan Worthington, who also voted against. She said she understands the desire for the help, but not the need.

Regan McCarthy, president of the Truro Non-Resident Taxpayers Association and a member of the search committee, said that a consultant is necessary for them to be able to make sure the five finalists can stand up to the rigors of the selectmen’s deliberations.

“We appointed an exceptionally strong committee,” said Curtis Hartman, chair of the board of selectmen, adding that it should be given the tools needed to do the job. The vote to approve was 3-2.

In addition to McCarthy, the search committee includes Lori Meads (finance committee rep), Officer Craig Danziger (the police union rep), Eastham Police Chief Edward Kulhawik and three at-large members — Meg Royka, John Snow and Buddy Perkel. The committee voted 5-1 to request a consultant.

Source: Kevin Mullaney – Provincetown Banner

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