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Egremont hires new police chief

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Egremont is looking to turn a new page in its Police Department's history. Town selectmen have chosen a new Police Chief after the previous one was fired in September. The town selectmen say they've learned a few lessons and hope their choice will move the town in the right direction . YNN's Madeleine Rivera has the story.

EGREMONT, MA -- Two months after the last Police Chief was let go, town officials are looking for a new beginning.

"I think the selectmen are very excited to have Brian Shaw on board now," said Bruce Turner, Town Selectmen Chairman.

Stockbridge Veteran Police Officer and Egremont Local Brian Shaw will soon lead the embattled Police Department. In February, Police Officers accused former Chief Reena Bucknell of creating a hostile work environment. She was suspended and eventually fired in September.

"I'm looking forward to having a Police Chief that's part of the community, who works with the selectmen, who'll be a little more hand in hand," said Turner.

This time around, the selectmen say they've learned a few lessons from Bucknell.

"Training and policy manual is totally outdated. Some of the issues we've had the past few months with some police officers was largely the result of some training issues," said Turner.

But, they say nothing is more important than keeping the lines of communication open, especially with the Chief.

"I think we weren't necessarily given all the facts all the time," said Turner.

Shaw, meanwhile, has received nothing but praise. He took over in the department as interim chief in May, working part-time in Egremont and as a full time Police Officer in Stockbridge.

"I think he's built a lot of camaraderie in the department. I think he's worked at training them. I think he's worked at making a cohesive department," said Turner.

Also important for the selectmen was finding someone who would be able to help them move the Police Department to a new building.

"It was extremely helpful to have someone like that, to have someone who can diagnose the issues and working with the people that are there," said Turner.

Shaw will take over as Chief in January.

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