Today is the last day to submit an application to be Southborough’s chief of police. Search committee chairwoman Desiree Aselbekian said she didn’t know offhand how many resumes have been submitted, but she told selectmen that resumes “have been coming in.”
Aselbekian updated selectmen last week on how the search for a new police chief has been going.
In July members of the committee met with police chiefs from five area communities that have a similar demographic to Southborough. Committee members asked the chiefs for advice on the type of leader Southborough should look for.
“The information was very valuable,” Aselbekian said. “All five pretty much said the same thing.”
The committee also held two “focus groups” with current members of the police department to solicit feedback. Aselbekian said any member of the department was welcome to speak and offer advice or feedback to the committee.
“We got a very good sense of the police department,” Aselbekian said. “Our current police department has helped us tremendously in giving us background on the type of chief we need in this community.”
On behalf of the search committee, Aselbekian asked selectmen for guidance on a salary range for the position. Selectmen requested information on what other area chiefs make and will make a decision on salary at an upcoming meeting.
As for the search committee, they’ll start reviewing resumes at their next meeting on August 26. They hope to provide recommendations to selectmen at the end of September or beginning of October. Selectmen have final say over who gets hired for the position.
(For the latest on the search for a new police chief, click here.)