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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.