Ashfield names police chief finalists

Recorder Staff
Published: 3/21/2017 11:06:05 PM


Recorder Staff

ASHFIELD — Ashfield acting Police Chief Beth Ann Bezio and Shelburne Police Sgt. Timothy J. Budrewicz are both finalists for the job of Ashfield Police Chief.

Bezio and Budrewicz were recommended by the screening committee, out of the six people who applied. They will be interviewed Tuesday morning, March 28, by the Selectboard starting at 9 a.m. in the Town Hall.

Bezio has been serving as acting chief since January and has 24 years’ experience in law enforcement. She has been an Erving police officer, starting part-time in 1987 and has filled several roles in that department, from second-in-command to serving as the TRIAD officer, sexual assault investigator, officer-in-charge, administrator and evidence manager.

She began working in Ashfield as a special officer in 2013 and went on to become a part-time officer in Ashfield in 2015. In her current job, she oversees eight part-time and three auxiliary officers and has worked to improve community relations between the department and the public. She has recommendations from police officers in several Franklin County police departments including Deerfield and Erving, former Ashfield Police Chief Gary Silbilia, and from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

Budrewicz, a 2004 Mohawk Trail Regional School graduate, has 10 years of police work and is a full-time sergeant in Shelburne. He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Westfield State College in 2008, and has done police work in Ashfield, Northampton and in Buckland, where he was a full-time patrolman.

In Ashfield, Budrewicz was a part-time corporal, serving as a secondary court officer, from 2007 to 2009. He has references from the Shelburne Police Department, from State Police in the Shelburne Barracks, and from Ashfield native and U.S. Navy pilot, Lt. Sean Skalski.

According to Town Administrator Kayce Warren, both candidates were interviewed by the screening committee on March 10.


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