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Posted on: May 26, 2022

Mayor Gove Launches Search for Next Police Chief

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The City of Amesbury is conducting a search for a new Police Chief, following Chief William Scholtz formally retiring in April 2022. Since March 2021, Deputy Chief Craig Bailey has been acting as Chief and will continue to do so until a new permanent Chief is appointed by Mayor Kassandra Gove. 

The City has contracted with BadgeQuest, a professional consulting company who specializes in Police and Fire Chief recruitment and selection. The position will be open to internal candidates to begin, and if through BadgeQuest’s assessment they do not find a suitable candidate, the search will expand to candidates outside the department. 

BadgeQuest’s contracted services include:

  • Performing a job analysis, collecting information about the duties, responsibilities, necessary skills, outcomes, and work environment
  • Holding preliminary interviews, speaking with the Mayor and other stakeholders to obtain information pertaining to community and department needs
  • Reviewing relevant Police Department documents, including statistics, organizational charts, budget, annual report and more
  • Launching confidential surveys for the public and Police Department personnel to share feedback and information on what they look for in a Police Chief
  • Handling the initial screening and performing an assessment
  • Submitting a recommendation for a qualified candidate to the Mayor

Internal candidates will be able to apply through Friday, June 3rd. BadgeQuest will assess candidates against the completed job analysis, information gathered from internal stakeholders, and the results of the community and department surveys. 

Mayor Gove said, “The role of Police Chief is an important one for our community, and I’m happy to engage BadgeQuest for their expertise and outside perspective during this process. I believe we have internal candidates who already possess the qualifications and experience we’re looking for, and I’m committed to providing growth opportunities for our staff and promoting the right people into the right positions.” 

The public survey is available online and in person, and feedback will be gathered through Thursday, June 9th. All Amesbury residents are encouraged to take the survey and take part in the process.

  • Online: Complete the survey on Google Forms (no personal data is collected)
  • In Person: Complete a printed survey at the Office of the City Clerk (62 Friend Street), the Council on Aging (68 Elm Street) or the Amesbury Public Library (149 Main Street). 

BadgeQuest is expected to make a recommendation to Mayor Gove no later than the end of June. If an internal candidate is recommended and Mayor Gove is in agreement, she will submit the Appointment to City Council for their July meeting.

About BadgeQuest
BadgeQuest is a Massachusetts-based public safety consulting firm founded in 2001 staffed by highly experienced individuals with a deep commitment to public safety. BadgeQuest is totally committed to quality service and services are customized to meet the needs of each community. BadgeQuest provides a comprehensive means of selecting an individual to perform all the duties required of a Police Chief or Fire Chief. Just as important, BadgeQuest will help identify the individual who has the management style and values that are compatible with the needs of the community and its Police or Fire Department. BadgeQuest has handled Police Chief recruitment for Portland, ME, Medfield, MA, Rowley, MA, Rockport, MA, Newington, CT, Natick, MA and more.

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