Fitchburg police chief finalists announced

Feb 28, 2014 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Sentinel & Enterprise

The city's next police chief will not only come from outside the department -- but from outside Massachusetts, as well -- now that Mayor Lisa Wong has announced the names of the three finalists for the job.

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Bookem

Leominster, MA

#1 Mar 1, 2014
Good job by Wong and the city by being thorough.
Andrea

Concord, MA

#2 Mar 2, 2014
Wong is a dummy
Andrea

Concord, MA

#3 Mar 2, 2014
Wats a matter local boys not good enough
Barbara Blumgartner

Fitchburg, MA

#4 Mar 2, 2014
Expect an additional candidate to emaerge to meet Wong's criteria-

A cross-eyed, crutch using hermaphrodite lesbian single parent anxious to have a sex change and eager to hook up for unusual evenings.
Conductor

Leominster, MA

#5 Mar 2, 2014
Barbara Blumgartner wrote:
Expect an additional candidate to emaerge to meet Wong's criteria-
A cross-eyed, crutch using hermaphrodite lesbian single parent anxious to have a sex change and eager to hook up for unusual evenings.
Why would that be an unusual evening to anyone? What planet do you come from?
Scoop

Gardner, MA

#6 Mar 2, 2014
A local candidate? Local members of most departments do not get the top job anymore. We have had our own local police members move on to the Chief positions on West Coast departments.

Most police and fire members retire and move to other positions "out of their home state". They do not have a choice to stay here and hold a full-time position after they retire.

Any member of any type of department can retire and collect a pension from their department but they can also move on and hold another position as long as it is "out of the state" of where they come from. This is so they are not "double dipping" from the pension fund in their state or city.

Why just collect a pension when you can also hold another position in the same field as long as it is not in the State/City retirement pension fund.

Most State workers are now retirees with a background in the field that they are employed in actually came from another State or City. This is especially true with positions at the Police and Fire Academies.
Andrea

Concord, MA

#7 Mar 2, 2014
Barbara Blumgartner wrote:
Expect an additional candidate to emaerge to meet Wong's criteria-
A cross-eyed, crutch using hermaphrodite lesbian single parent anxious to have a sex change and eager to hook up for unusual evenings.
oh she must be Asian
Tony

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Mar 2, 2014
I heard from a birdie that the selection committee was full of Wongbats.
FungWa

Everett, MA

#9 Mar 2, 2014
Isnt diversity wonderful
Scoop

Gardner, MA

#10 Mar 2, 2014
Sorry folks but that is the law. It isn't the same as the private sector. You cannot take from the pension system when you retire and work after retirement within the same pension system.

Trust me, I know. When I retire I will just move to a nearby state and get the same job there because the retirement laws of Massachusetts does not allow me to take another job in the system and able to keep receiving my pension at the same time. Why shouldn't I?

I can receive 80% pension from the city and get a job making the same amount in another State too !

All City and State employees are in the same retirement system.

The outside candidates for the Police position are retired because they already did their time and are collecting a pension. They just cannot work in their own City and State.

But if they can collect a pension and work another full-time position in another State then good for them.

All the full-time staff department heads at the Academy are from another State because they are retired and cannot keep working and contribute to the same retirement system they are taking from.

Until Massachusetts and other States change their laws everyone will be retiring and find jobs in other States. It is very common now and accepted.

A City or State worker would be crazy not to take their pension at age 55 and not seek another job in their field in another State.

Page 16-18 explains the age 55 requirement.

http://www.mass.gov/treasury/docs/retirement/...
Scoop

Gardner, MA

#11 Mar 2, 2014
Sorry folks, a retired city or state worker cannot exceed 960 hours of working in the same position after retirement so obviously they have to seek out the same job in another State.

Employment in a Governmental Job

There are limitations that apply to retirees who work in positions in state or local public sector positions in Massachusetts. Employees classified as “consultants”or “independent contractors” are also subject to these limitations if they are receiving pension benefits & working in a governmental position.

Limitations include:

Employment may not exceed 960 hours per calendar year; and/or
Total earnings per calendar year cannot exceed the difference
between the retirement allowance and the current salary of the position
from which you retired. As a retiree, you must cease employment
whenever either one of the above two conditions are met. If
you wish to continue working, then you must waive your retirement
allowance.(See M.G.L. c.32,§91)

After you have been retired one full calendar year, you may earn
an additional $15,000 per year beyond the limitations listed above;
however you are still limited to the maximum 960 hours per year.

You would need to check directly with the appropriate bargaining unit if you are seeking employment in a union benefitted position as a retiree as restrictions may apply.

Page 34 in the guide explains this.

http://www.mass.gov/treasury/docs/retirement/...
Scoop

Gardner, MA

#12 Mar 2, 2014
So to keep it simple I will take my $100K a year pension at age 55 here and I will take the same job which earns another $100K per year in another State and double my salary until age 65.

Any City or State worker would be crazy to stay here past age 55 and not collect their pension and not take the same job in another State to double their overall income for the next 10 years.

This is why outside candidates are coming from other States because most likely they are or will retire and collect from their pension system in that State and gain a salary on top of that here too.

Everyone does it.
Community

Fitchburg, MA

#13 Mar 2, 2014
Scoop wrote:
So to keep it simple I will take my $100K a year pension at age 55 here and I will take the same job which earns another $100K per year in another State and double my salary until age 65.
Any City or State worker would be crazy to stay here past age 55 and not collect their pension and not take the same job in another State to double their overall income for the next 10 years.
This is why outside candidates are coming from other States because most likely they are or will retire and collect from their pension system in that State and gain a salary on top of that here too.
Everyone does it.
SCAM! Underworked, overpaid !
Lynch

Fitchburg, MA

#14 Mar 2, 2014
Well, it appears that Wong is taking her last shot at the FPD. It should be mandatory that the new Chief has to live in Fitchburg on Main street.

Maybe he will move to myrtle Ave next to Tedeschis? Hopefully they choose the best suited for this crime ridden city.

If I would have to choose I would go with the guy from Ney York city!!! Or the FBI guy!
Lynch

Fitchburg, MA

#15 Mar 2, 2014
FITCHBURG -- The city's next police chief will not only come from outside the department -- but from outside New England, as well -- now that Mayor Lisa Wong has announced the names of three finalists for the job.

The men vying to replace retiring Police Chief Robert DeMoura are Scott Heagney, Maurice Richards and Joseph Riley.

Heagney serves as the Resident Agent In Charge of the Rochester, NY, division of the US Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Richards serves as the Lieutenant and Watch Commander for the Chicago Police Department.

Riley serves as the Captain to the Deputy Chief for the New York City Police Department.

Fitchburg's 11-member Police Chief Search Committee received 20 applicants for the position, five of which came from members of the Fitchburg Police Department.

The committee then hired Badgequest, a police chief headhunting firm, to assist in selecting the three finalists. Candidates interviewed for the position were subject to a rigorous full day assessment conducted by Badgequest held at Fitchburg State University.

The committee decided which candidates would be finalists for the position.

Nancy Maynard, chairwoman of the search committee, said she was "very happy" with the caliber of the three finalists. She said she expected that candidates from outside the region would apply for the position.

"You always know you get people from outside and inside the area," said Maynard. "Our goal always has been to select the very best, and that's what we did. There's a lot of wonderful people out there. Your job is to select those who are the best candidate."

Wong will now review and interview the three finalists, as well as conduct background and reference checks before making a final selection. The mayor's top choice will then go to the City Council for approval.

"I would like to thank the committee for their time, effort and expertise during this long process," said Wong. "I will conduct a thorough review of the finalists as the police chief is one of the most important positions in this community."

The 59-year-old DeMoura, who earns $149,226, is leaving the department at the end of this month. He said he expects his successor to be on the job by then.

DeMoura was hired by Wong in March 2008 after a long career with the Lowell Police Department. At the time, DeMoura beat out then-Fitchburg Police Lt. Paul Bozicas, now a captain.

Follow Chris Camire on Twitter @chriscamire

Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/breaking...

Well, I think Richards is out because Chicago is probably the worst city in America with Fitchbug a close second.

If Heagney gets the job maybe we will finally have the FBI and justice department called into Fitchburg to assist the citizens in fighting crime.

Riley would make another pick. I would say it is Riley, Heagney and then Richards. Heagney may get a better offer which would leave Heagney.

This could be the start of a better Fitchburg!! This is probably the best news that I have heard since I have lived in Fitchburg. There are probably 20 FPD officers that should also be given walking papers!

Let me choose the 20 ! If this could be a reality then Fitchburg may have a very good chance. It is what a good manager would do! Ask them to leave! They can apply at other departments in another state!!
Andrea

Concord, MA

#16 Mar 3, 2014
Heard all three candidates are black
IDK

Leominster, MA

#17 Mar 3, 2014
Andrea wrote:
Heard all three candidates are black
and......?
Hector La Farge

Danielson, CT

#18 Mar 3, 2014
Well, I can see there's nothing new from Lynch. Still the same delusional, angry, bitter lunacy.
Andrea

Concord, MA

#19 Mar 3, 2014
I'm black hire me, we need more blacks in charge
Anga mima

Concord, MA

#20 Mar 3, 2014
IDK wrote:
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and......?
wat the matter dip sh t haven't yu had your tootsie roll

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