AMELIA KUNHARDT/The Patriot Ledger
Acting Police Chief Michael Botieri, photographed in his office at police headquarters.
By Tamara Race
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 18, 2008 @ 06:11 AM
Last update Nov 18, 2008 @ 10:06 AM
The town's new police chief is a familiar face in the department.
Former Capt. Michael Botieri, 49, who has served as acting chief since August when former Chief Robert Pomeroy retired, will lead the department after his swearing in tonight.
Town Manager Mark Sylvia announced the appointment late Monday.
He said Botieri's experience, education and performance in the position since August prompted the choice despite Botieri's second-place finish on the Civil Service assessment test give this summer.
Lt. Bruce McNamee, 39, was the top scorer on the test. He has fewer years on the job and less supervisory experience than Botieri.
"As acting chief, Botieri has demonstrated that he possesses strong administrative management, budgetary and decision-making skills," Sylvia said in announcing the appointment. "He has proven that he can successfully manage the operations of the department from day one."
Sylvia said the assessment test is an important guide for selecting a chief, but he also had to consider the experience and education of the candidates.
Sylvia says the depth of good candidates means quality leadership in the future.
"I appreciate the confidence and support from the town manager and the selectmen," Botieri said. "I'm ready for the challenge and will be talking with the town manager in the near future about my ideas for changes in the department and ways to move it forward."
For most of his career, Botieri has been the public face of the department while Pomeroy handled the management end.
Botieri says he hopes to be accessible to the public as much as possible.