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Orange police chief sworn in as Athol’s acting chief, as well

  • Orange Police Chief Craig A. Lundgren will also serve as acting chief in Athol through June 30, 2019. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • Orange Police Chief Craig A. Lundgren will serve as Athol’s acting police chief through next June. FILE PHOTO


Staff Report
Friday, November 02, 2018

ATHOL — Orange Police Chief Craig A. Lundgren was sworn in this week as the acting chief in Athol. He will serve in Athol through June 30, 2019. 

The boards of selectmen for both communities voted last week to enter into a shared services agreement through the end of the fiscal year.

Lundgren will split his time between the neighboring towns. He officially began working in Athol on Thursday.

“I want to thank Chief Lundgren, Orange Town Administrator Gabe Voelker and the Athol and Orange boards of selectmen for supporting a concept that will provide mutual dividends to each department and community,” said Athol Town Manager Shaun Suhoski. “Chief Lundgren is experienced and well-respected in the region, and will work closely with Lt. Cote to lead our professional and dedicated police officers.”  

According to the inter-municipal agreement for police services, signed by Suhoski and both boards of selectmen in Athol and Orange, Lundgren will perform the duties as chief for both towns. He will work a minimum of two and a half days per week in each town, though duties and circumstances may affect the schedule.

Athol will provide all appropriate and necessary police equipment and supplies while Lundgren is working in town, such as his badge and uniform, and will provide administrative services to Lundgren, who will have the authority to direct, control, supervise and assign all Athol Police personnel and will report weekly to the Athol town manager and Orange town administrator, and he will meet monthly to discuss the services being performed.

Budget

Athol will pay Orange $5,382.79 a month. In addition to the monthly salary, Athol will pay Orange 50 percent of all maintenance and repair costs for the unmarked Orange police cruiser the chief will drive. The towns agreed that Athol will not be responsible for repairs and maintenance reasonably determined to be based solely on the age of the unmarked Orange cruiser. Each town will provide a WEX card for gasoline purchases for the vehicle. Lundgren will be considered an employee of Orange for retirement, health insurance, FICA and unemployment insurance, and paychecks will be issued by the Town of Orange.

Each town will maintain general liability insurance covering police personnel during the term of this agreement, and will be responsible for any claims while the chief is performing his duties in the respective communities.

Either party may opt out of the agreement without penalty after 30 days written notice is given.

By no later than March 30, 2019, each the towns will discuss whether they want to renew the inter-municipal agreement for police chief services for a specified period of time. If either town is unwilling to renew the agreement, it will expire on June 30, 2019.