Gill plans to hire acting police chief for full-time role

  • Gill Acting Police Christopher Redmond, shown here in 2014, was hired as the full-time chief by the Gill Selectboard Monday night. Recorder file photo/David Rainville

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

GILL — Acting Police Chief Christopher Redmond was hired as the full-time chief by the Gill Selectboard on Monday night.

Redmond’s hire is subject to contract negotiations with the town. He has served as acting chief since Sept. 1., when former Police Chief David Hastings was put on leave and then retired.

Redmond has been with the Gill Department for 25 years and in local law enforcement for 29 years. He is originally from South Deerfield and has been one of the two full-time officers in Gill since the 1990s.

Redmond said he was thankful for his selection and his priorities include hiring a full-time officer to replace him as sergeant. Redmond thanked the part-time officers who have stepped up to staff the department while they’ve been down a full-time officer.

“I look forward to getting a sense of normalcy again in the department,” Redmond said.

He was hired after executive session at 5:30 p.m., which lasted about 30 minutes. It was a unanimous vote by the Selectboard.

The hire comes after Redmond, who was previously a Sergeant, was formally appointed as acting chief on Sept. 18.

Hastings retired on Friday, Sept. 15, the same day a protective order filed in Greenfield District court by his son was extended for a year. Under the protection order, Hastings had to surrender his firearms and gun license.

Hastings’ last day of employment was Sept. 14 because he submitted his retirement Sept. 15, according to the Selectboard.