The Metrowest Daily News has the list of finalists recommended by the Police Chief Search Committee. They are Interim Chief Jane Moran, Holden Lt. David Armstrong, Westfield Lt. Hipolito Nunez and Framingham Lt. Paul Shastany.
The article also discusses member John Rooney’s resignation from the committee last month. Rooney disagreed with the committee’s decision not to use an expert hired by the Board of Selectmen. Former Waltham Police Chief Stephen Unsworth was hired to help with screening, as well as with the final interview process, but the committee reportedly felt using his services would jeopardize their autonomy.
In his resignation letter (.pdf), Rooney wrote:
Of course there is no such thing as a perfect process. Nevertheless, it is categorically unassailable that utilizing Chief Unsworth as a consultant and participant during the interview process is preferable to not utilizing his services. As Chief Unsworth has previously noted, when a Town is hiring a new Police Chief, “you cannot afford to make a mistake.” While it may have taken some of the aura of autonomy away from the Committee, the Committee’s autonomy should be secondary to acting in the best interest of the residents of the Town of Southborough. I was unable to convince my fellow members of this position, and remaining a part of the Committee served only to disrupt.
Committee chairwoman Desiree Aselbekian told the Metrowest Daily News Rooney’s resignation was a “non-issue.”