ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen on Wednesday ratified the hiring of two reserve police officers to add to the growing department.
Police Chief Richard Tarsa told the board that he was happy to bring on reserve Officers Danielle Cartier and Nicholas Sorrell.
"As chief, this is one of the best parts of the job: When I can welcome new employees," Tarsa said. "It is always good to find people with enthusiasm who want to come forward and join the ranks."
The town has had a hard time in recent years attracting and retaining officers because of limitations set by Civil Service. In 2017, the town dissolved its agreement with Civil Service and since then has regularly brought on new officers and reserve officers.
Tarsa said both Cartier and Sorrell are graduates of the reserve/intermittent academy and come from solid backgrounds that will aid them in law enforcement.
"We found in their interviews that their answers were very, very good. Both presented an eagerness and enthusiasm," Tarsa said. "They are both community-policing orientated and want to be active in the community."
Before the unanimous vote, Chairman John Duval welcomed the two to the community.
"You both have chosen Adams and that impresses me and makes me feel good about this community that we have individuals like yourselves," Duval said. "We are very fortunate to have both of you."
Tarsa said because the town clerk was not present they would have to swear in the officers later this week.
"The sooner we can get them on board the sooner we can get them into a position," he said.
In other business, the Selectmen ratified the hiring of Tim Cota as the operations supervisor within the Department of Public Works.
"He has worked very hard over the past year and he has really focused on creating a team with the DPW employees," interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan said. "He has been involved in every aspect of the job ... I have been impressed."
In the absence of a DPW director, Cota has been the defacto director while the town continues its search.
Duval said he was impressed with how Cota handled the fall flooding.
"Tim has stepped up and has taken on a lot of those responsibilities," he said. "I am very proud of him with how he has stepped up to this leadership role."
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Adams Altering Two Precincts to Reflect Changes in Population
By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen last week voted to alter Precincts 2 and 3 to better match population. This won't change the number of town meeting members but it will change the voting precinct for one.
Town Clerk Haley Meczywor presented new Census data to the board Wednesday and said with a decrease of 299 residents over a 10-year period, the state has recommended that the town change the borders of the two precincts.
"In order to make our precincts as equal as possible, the state is recommended that we make a minor change from Precinct 3 to Precinct 2," she said.
The last Census was done in 2010. Then, the population count was 8,485. In 2020, the count was 8,166 — a 299 decrease.
After an executive session Wednesday, the board voted to award Jay Hayes of Wayland North the project that will convert the former middle school's classroom wing into one and two-bedroom apartments.
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