The board discussed at its regular meeting Tuesday the results of the town meeting earlier this week. Chairwoman Michelle Francesconi said that Monday's town meeting brought "amazing news with the approval of the town administrator position."
The fallout from a decision to appoint an interim police chief continued this week when that process was cited by members of the town's Diversity Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee in their decisions to step down from the body.
That committee's role was called into question on Monday when one of the residents appointed to serve announced on Facebook that she was resigning over concerns with the process that led to Ziemba's appointment.
Strout, who said she has wanted to be a police officer "since I was 5 years old," has been acquainted with the local force for most of her life. Her uncle, George Wendling, served on Dalton PD for 30 years, and Strout became more involved through the Dalton Police Explorers in her youth.
Detective Sgt. Jamie Berger of the Weyland Police Department, Cpt. Robert Dersken of the Cortland (N.Y.) County Sheriff's Department, and internal candidate Sgt. Deanna Strout of the Dalton Police Department were interviewed for the police chief position on Tuesday.
Without taking a formal vote, the board expressed a consensus around a plan to bring in a long-term interim chief to help the department move forward while the town completes an evaluation of how it wants policing to look in the future.
Kelley was sworn in on Tuesday morning in front of Town Hall, the town's third police chief in less than year. He particularly thanked his immediate predecessor Troy Bacon, along with Town Administrator Jay Green and Selectmen Chairwoman Christine Hoyt, for ensuring a seamless transition in leadership.
Storti, 53, was among 30-plus candidates screened by a Police Chief Search Committee, comprised of town residents and led by the recruiting firm Community Paradigm Associates LLC, headquartered in Plymouth.
The Selectmen approved new Police Chief Scott Kelley's contract and his first day on the job will be Tuesday, Jan. 19
The three-year contract was approved after a brief executive session at the tail end of Wednesday's meeting.
A divided Board of Selectmen on Thursday voted to offer the position of chief of police to F. Scott Kelley, who currently serves as the chief of police at South Carolina's Spartanburg Community College
Interim Chief Troy Bacon is participating in the search committee to find his replacement after informing the town he would not be seeking the permanent position and returning to Indiana. Bacon had been hired in the summer on the retirement of Richard Tarsa.
The committee will screen resumes, interview applicants and present three finalist recommendations to the town manager. Advertising and recruitment are now underway for the position; the application deadline is Oct. 16.
Bacon will assume the post on Tuesday, July 14, after current Chief Richard Tarsa's retirement becomes official at 11:59 p.m. Monday night. Bacon, 44, recently retired from the Frankfort, Ind., police department after 20 years.