Mayor withdraws request to pull out of Civil Service
Recorder/Peter MacDonald Greenfield Mayor William Martin in his office in the town hall
GREENFIELD — The mayor has withdrawn his request for Town Council to ask the state to take the town’s police and fire chief positions out of Civil Service, saying his suggestion lacks strong support from residents, town councilors and unions.
Mayor William Martin asked this week that Town Council ignore his request.
His request came just days after Martin announced that he has hired Orange Police Chief Robert Haigh to be the town’s next full-time, permanent Civil Service police chief.
“Nearly two years after I suggested and recommended that the Town of Greenfield withdraw from its affiliation with Civil Service for recruiting and hiring of fire and police chiefs, I now withdraw that request from the council,” said Martin.
“We have witnessed the success for hiring to these positions from large reservoirs of qualified candidates from communities across the Commonwealth in a timely manner and the process used was declared professional, fair and dominated by local control and assessment for these non-Civil Service communities,” said Martin, who had said many times over the past two years that it is was what he had wanted for Greenfield.
Martin said that though it did not go the way he would have liked, his suggestion started a dialogue in town that was full of healthy exchanges of ideas.
The mayor said he hopes the town “revisits” its affiliation with Civil Service at least every 10 years.
“It would be a good community exercise,” he said.
In late September, the Town Council’s Community Relations and Education Committee held a public hearing, where it heard the views of police, firefighters and residents about pulling the positions out of Civil Service.
The five councilors on that committee voted to recommend not to pull out of Civil Service after listening to everyone that night, and it appeared more councilors felt the same way, so it seemed the mayor’s request wasn’t going to make it by the council.
Martin said the two positions will continue under the rules of Civil Service.
“We will continue to abide by (Civil Service) process and utilize options available in the best interests of Greenfield,” said Martin.