Civil Service hearing in Greenfield Monday
GREENFIELD — It has been no secret that the mayor wants to take the town’s fire and police chief positions out of Civil Service.
On Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the town’s planning office at 114 Main St., Town Council’s Community Relations and Education Committee will hold a public hearing to gather public input on the idea.
The full council may consider the same at its meeting on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the studio at Greenfield Community Television.
The issue first came up in early 2012. That’s when the town’s police and fire unions became involved, saying they didn’t like the idea and were concerned that taking the positions out of Civil Service would mean chiefs would lose their independence.
Police and fire said Civil Service was adopted in Massachusetts to keep politics and corruption out of the departments.
Martin said he would like to see the town set up its own hiring and testing system. He said candidates for the positions would go through a rigorous interviewing process and would take a test. He said the town would work with an outside agency experienced in the assessment process, and would have very high standards for candidates.
Town Council will have to vote to request special legislation to take the positions out of Civil Service. If that were to happen, the request would go to state legislators for a vote and would eventually make its ways to the governor for his signature.
Information about the mayor’s proposal and Monday night’s agenda may be obtained from the town clerk’s office at 14 Court Square. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For answers to questions, call 413-772-1555, ext. 113.