Candia board’s non-vote on new officer irks police chief
After selectmen decided not to vote on McGillen’s candidate for the position — Greenfield Police Department part-time officer Thomas Terelli — McGillen said that not only is the town less safe but its credibility might have been hurt as well.
The Candia Police Department is budgeted for seven officers, including the chief but currently has only five active officers on duty. Along with the vacant position, which McGillen said he has been trying to fill since February, another officer is out with an injury.
Even though short a member, the board had a quorum and could have voted on the new position, and McGillen said that since the department is budgeted for seven officers, no new money would be required to make the hire.
“I am worried this could damage our credibility when it comes to hiring officers, and we can’t compete money-wise with the bigger departments,” McGillen said, who added that the department has lost two officers to the higher-paying Bedford Police Department in the last three years.
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