Halifax selectmen announced at their meeting Tuesday that the assessment center tasked with bringing qualified candidates for the Chief of Police position interviewed five candidates, all which Town Administrator Charlie Seelig said came back with passing scores.
Selectmen Chairman Kim Roy and Selectman Troy Garron both wanted to hear from all the candidates given that all passed and none stood out above the others.
“I think it’s only to our benefit to interview all five,” Roy said.
Interviews are scheduled for October 17 and 18. The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, October 17
• 9 a.m. – Wayland Police Detective Jamie T. Berger
• 10:15 a.m. – New Bedford Police Lieutenant Joao A. Chaves
• 11:30 a.m. – Wrentham Police Sergeant Barry McGrath
Thursday, October 18
• 2:30 p.m. – Lakeville Police Lieutenant Sean Joyce
• 3:45 p.m. – MBTA Police Lieutenant David F. Albanese
Interviews will be held in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room in the Halifax Town Hall at 499 Plymouth Street. The interviews are open to the public.
Recycling Abatement Review
At the previous selectmen meeting on September 25, the board announced its intention to deny any recycling abatement request submitted after the set deadline. Residents Jaclyn Conley and Andrew Stalker came to plead their case that they submitted their request on time, but there was no proof as the letter was never time stamped.
Stalker told the board he knows he submitted the abatement request because it was the day before his father passed away.
He added that he put the flag up on his mailbox before putting the letter there. Roy and Garron said they were both sympathetic to the situation but could not extend the deadline because there was no proof, and the board had issues after extending the recycling abatement deadline last year.
“If we do it for one, we have to do it for everyone,” Roy explained to Conley and Stalker.
Selectmen’s Assistant Pam McSherry said the letter likely would have gone to the distribution center at Brockton first. Roy said the deadline meant at the town hall that day rather than in the mail.
• According to Seelig, algae levels at Monponsett Pond are again at safe levels, which allows the pond to open again. He said he’s happy the algae didn’t keep the town beach at West Monponsett from being open most of the summer, but said before the next season a plan will have to be made to keep the beach better maintained. He suggested setting up a future meeting with the Recreation Department.
• Seelig announced the Highway Department restriped the road lines at Thompson Street on Route 105. The town had received a formal complaint from a Middleborough resident who said lane visibility was difficult at night. The next selectmen’s meeting is October 23. Open session begins at 7:30 p.m.