Two Named Westminster Police Chief Finalists
WESTMINSTER -- And then there were two.
The Board of Selectmen has narrowed their choice for the next chief of police down to the final pair of candidates. The board announced the finalists -- Westminster Acting Chief Michael McDonald and Windsor, Vermont, Police Chief William Sampson -- announced at a meeting Thursday night. The two men were chosen out of a group of six finalists who were interviewed by the board on Saturday.
McDonald and Sampson will undergo another round of interviews with the board next Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Selectman William Walker commended the search committee for providing the board with so many qualified candidates.
“We’re going to give plaudits to the selection committee for submitting to us six candidates, all who had impressive credentials,” Walker said.
Walker said that after the round of interviews on Saturday and seeing the results of the candidates’ background checks, he had whittled his choices down to Sampson and McDonald.
“They both impressed me with the depth of their experience, and that’s what’s important to me,” Walker said. “I think we’re looking for someone to come in here as the permanent police chief who has both the background and the experience.”
Selectman Heather Billings said she made her decision based on the candidates’ resumés, experience and education.
“The way they handled the interview, their backgrounds and their references -- it was just the whole package,” Billings said.
Although she didn’t elaborate on what questions she would ask during the next round of interviews, Billings said there were some topics she would like to pursue with the final two candidates in more depth.
“I’d like to follow up on some of the other questions,” she said.
Board Chairman James DeLisle said a final decision on who will be the town’s next permanent police chief will not be an easy one for the board, and added he would like to cover some new topics in the next interview.
“I’d say (the questions) will be different,” DeLisle said.
Among the topics addressed during the previous interviews were police transparency, the effects of social media on the department, and what each candidate hoped to accomplish in their first 100 days on the job.
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