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Egremont’s three-member Board of Selectmen has voted unanimously to fire the town’s embattled police chief. The board fired Chief Reena Bucknell on Monday because she has refused to sign an agreement that would have paved the way for her departure. Bucknell, Berkshire County’s first female police chief who had been on the job for 15 years, has been on paid administrative leave since February following a vote of no confidence by the department’s officers. She did not attend the meeting, but in the past defended her record. The Berkshire Eagle reported that an independent review identified multiple concerns with the department under Bucknell’s leadership, including high turnover, training issues, and antiquated police procedures.

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