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The meetings are intended as an opportunity for North Adams residents to hear from the candidates as well as to ask questions and share concerns about the future of public safety in North Adams.

North Adams Residents Invited to Meet Police Chief Finalists

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Tom Bernard invites members of the North Adams community to meet the finalists who are being considered as the city's next police chief.

Following a national search and preliminary screening of candidates, a police chief search committee convened by the mayor extended invitations to three candidates to interview for the police chief position. Public meetings will be held as part of each applicant's finalist interviews, according to the following schedule:
* Tuesday, March 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at The Green, 85 Main St.: Jamie D. Berger, currently a detective sergeant with the Wayland, Mass., Police Department
* Wednesday, March 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the UNO Community Center, 157, River St.: Jason R. Wood, currently a lieutenant with the North Adams Police Department

* Thursday, March 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the UNO Community Center, 157 River St.: Bryan N. Terzian, currently a captain with the Ridgefield, Conn., Police Department

The public meetings will be part of a series of interviews and meetings with each finalist. The meetings are intended as an opportunity for North Adams residents to hear from the candidates as well as to ask questions and share concerns about the future of public safety in North Adams.
"The police chief is one of the most visible leaders in the community, and it's important that members of our community have the opportunity to meet and hear from the individuals being considered for this important leadership position," Bernard said. "I look forward to introducing our finalists to the residents of North Adams as the members of the search committee and I continue to get to know them. I'm also incredibly grateful to the members of the search committee who volunteered their time to review applications and interview candidates. Their dedication and insight has been incredibly helpful in ensuring we have a strong group of candidates to consider."
The city's next chief of police will replace Chief Michael Cozzaglio. Cozzaglio, who retired in February after 32 years of service with the NAPD, continues to serve in an interim capacity while the search process remains under way.

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