Abington Massachusetts Police Chief Search

The town of Abington, Massachusetts is seeking an experienced, energetic and dynamic law enforcement professional to manage its Police Department and provide leadership for the department’s 30 employees.

The town of Abington, Massachusetts is located hallway between Boston and Plymouth. Abington is approximately 9.9 square miles in area, inclusive of .2 square miles of water area, found in Plymouth County. The town was first settled in 1668 and incorporated in 1712. The town is host to the 700-acre Ames Nowell State Park; the park is open year ’round for boating, fishing, and hiking. The town is easily accessed by a system of state routes and public transportation via the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) train station on Centre Avenue providing direct access to Boston to the North. At the time of incorporation, Abington boasted just 17 homes; in 1790, the first documented US Census found the population to be 1,453. For the past 150 years, the population has grown steadily to the current U.S. Census Bureau estimated permanent population of 16,516.

The Abington Police Department is administered by the Chief of Police who serves as the chief executive officer. The Deputy Chief of Police plays multiple roles, first as primary substitute in the absence of the chief but also as the chief of operations and administration. Additionally, the command level includes a Lieutenant who currently oversees all primary/public facing operational functions of the agency along with sole responsibility of several staff functions. The department is currently authorized for a sworn staff of 31 full-time personnel, one full-time civilian dispatcher and three part-time civilian dispatchers, one full-time administrative assistant, and a full-time and one part-time records clerk. The department also utilizes a Special Police force, also known as Auxiliaries, consisting of a Lieutenant, three Sergeants, and nine officers.

Applicants must possess significant management experience, skills, training and progressive law enforcement experience. A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills; have experience leading, hiring and recruiting a millennial workforce; possess a strong commitment to community engagement; and have the ability to collaborate with stakeholders, minority groups and other agencies. In addition, they should have experience in the collective bargaining process and managing a unionized workforce.  Candidates should possess a thorough understanding of 21st Century Policing best practices and Massachusetts Police Reform.

Requirements include a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in criminal justice or a related discipline, 15 years of law enforcement experience, minimum five to 10 years progressive supervisory experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates with previous administrative experience and advanced education.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and reference contact information only, in a pdf format via email only to the Town Manager at: SLambiase@Abingtonma.gov

Please label your application in the following manner:  “Last name, First name, Abington Police Chief Application”

Applications should be received by 3 p.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021.

For more information, see the full posting on the Town’s website at: https://www.abingtonma.gov

The town of Abington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Police Chief Search Committee

c/o Abington Town Hall

500 Gliniewicz Way

Abington, MA 02351