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By Fred Hanson
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 07, 2008 @ 08:16 AM

RANDOLPH -
Selectmen have requested a new Civil Service list for the appointing of six police officers.
The board took the action Monday night, after hearing from Civil Service officials that a list will be topped by police officers who have been laid off in other communities.
"I'm not happy about it at all," said Selectman James Burgess, who feels the hiring process has been delayed unnecessarily.
Police Chief Paul Porter asked for the new list last month.
Porter wants to hire experienced officers because they have already completed their police academy training and could begin work almost immediately, saving the town the cost of putting them through a training academy and the cost of doing background checks.
Selectmen Chairman Paul Connors would like to see a list that would allow the town to choose a combination of laid-off officers and new appointments.
"This way, you have half a chance of keeping them," Connors said.
He said he believes the officers who have been laid off would return to their former departments at the first opportunity.
The board has asked Executive Secretary David Murphy to set up a meeting with Civil Service officials so board members can press their case for a combined list.
Six new officers have been added to the Randolph police in recent months, all transfers from other departments. The new officers bring the department's staffing to 53 officers, nine short of the 62 authorized in the department's budget.
Voters in the April 1 town election approved a $411,322 Proposition 2½ override to hire six additional police officers.

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