Hudson’s top municipal administrator, Executive Assistant Paul Blazar, is slated to present selectmen Monday with his plan for finding a new police chief, two weeks after the board shot down his initial appointment for the post.
In an interview, Blazar said his plan will likely involve hiring a consultant to assist in the search, at a cost of around $10,000.
At the selectmen’s meeting on May 21, Blazar asked the board to appoint Captain David Stephens, a 28-year veteran of Hudson’s police force and the department’s second-in-command, as the new chief. However, only Selectman Joseph Durant supported the move, while the other four members asked Blazar to come back with a plan for a more extensive search to fill the position.
“I think it’s in the town’s best interest to take a look outside and see what’s there,” said Selectman James Verault, the board’s chairman. “Why wouldn’t we do that?”
“The people of the town of Hudson deserve to know we followed the best process possible when filling a top position,” said Selectman Christopher Yates. “We’re just trying to do our jobs.”