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Williamstown Town Manager: Change in Police Leadership 'On the Table'

DIRE Committee member Aruna D'Souza pressed the pair about whether that conversation could include a step that many in town have been calling for since August's release of a discrimination suit by a sergeant against the town, Hoch and Police Chief Kyle Johnson.

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Williamstown Getting Community Input Before Assessing Policing Policies

On Monday, the Select Board heard a presentation from Sandy Stapczynski, the president of Andover-based Human Resources Services, Inc. Her firm was hired by the town to do an audit of Williamstown's HR policies with an emphasis on its hiring procedures.

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Williamstown Police Chief Apologizes, Faces Tough Questions from Residents

Johnson's first public statements in a public forum since the August release of a federal lawsuit against him, the town manager and the town coincided with more allegations against a department employee over the weekend.

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Williamstown Police Sergeant Counters Town's Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit

Now it is up to U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson to decide whether there are grounds to proceed with a large piece of the suit filed by Scott McGowan.

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Williamstown Officials: Halloween 'Treat' Not Intended to Send Message

But the town manager acknowledged Sunday that the patches in question could be "easily confused" with the "Blue Lives Matter" symbolism that has been employed nationwide and in town to counter the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Williamstown Board Talks Reasons For, Against Replacing Police Chief

During the public comment portion of the twice-monthly public meeting, Janice Loux pressed the five elected officials to explain whether they individually recommended to the town manager that he remove the chief of police in the wake of allegations raised in a federal lawsuit against the town, town manager and chief.

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DIRE Committee Concerned About 'Enough Is Enough' Messaging in Williamstown

Andrew Wells called in to the virtual meeting of the Diversity Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee to talk about the 2013 death of his daughter at the hands of a drunk driver in Plymouth.

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Williamstown Select Board Criticized for Inaction on Town Manager, Police Chief

The Select Board continues to draw fire from its constituents about its handling of the town manager and police chief in light of a federal lawsuit naming both, along with the town, as defendants.

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Williamstown's DIRE Committee Raises Issue of Police at School

It is a topic that has been mentioned before in town and Mount Greylock Regional School District forums, but the comments at last week's DIRE Committee meeting were as strong as any to date in an official forum.

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Williamstown DIRE Committee Pushes for Transparency on Town, Police Issues

It also filed a few requests for public record, including the committee's second request for access to the town's personnel policies and procedures.

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