The Town of Williamstown is seeking to hire its next Police Chief. The town seeks a Chief who will make comprehensive and positive changes that build community trust and ensure public safety. The next Chief will be a visionary leader, able to communicate the need for and create long-lasting and systemic change within the Williamstown Police Department. The Chief will emphasize transparency and accountability by setting clear and measurable goals and will quickly identify issues and implement solutions while working in conjunction with community stakeholders and town leadership.


The ideal candidate will have a demonstrable track record of dedication to professional standards and training, especially in the context of the evolution of training in policing. The Chief also must be committed to a work culture and hiring practices of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Any combination of comparable education, training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:


Education: Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Public Administration or a related field. Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree preferred.

Experience: A minimum of 15 years of experience in law enforcement with at least three years of progressively responsible command level experience at the level of Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief, or Chief. Any equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.

Must have a valid Massachusetts Firearms License or the ability to obtain one upon hire.

Applicants must be a graduate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Basic Recruit Officer Academy (or eligible for a Permanent Exemption by the MPTC) and must satisfy all requirements set forth by the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission for certification as a Police Officer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Building and Supporting Teamwork – Ability to clarify expectations and standards of the team; coach team members to work as a cohesive unit; ability to identify team conflict and facilitate productive and timely resolutions; and ability to work collaboratively with other departmental leaders to ensure effective coordination throughout the Department.

Communication Skills – Ability to challenge viewpoints appropriately, respectfully, and effectively when speaking and writing; communicate in a diverse community through the understanding of cultural and organizational competencies; maintain positive working relationships with subordinates, peers, supervisors, and members of the community; ability to disseminate information, direction, and decisions in an effective manner; communicate critical issues through the chain of command; encourage feedback and input from others; prepare clear and concise reports, memoranda, studies, and other formal and informal written communication while using proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, and formatting; ability to deliver presentations to diverse groups.

Critical Thinking/Strategic Planning – Knowledge of strategic planning and incident command systems; plan and prepare for crisis; balance focus on both strategic and tactical matters and provide tactical direction; maintain a department-wide focus; and demonstrate skills with conceptual thinking.

Leadership – Knowledge of departmental goals, mission, and objectives; demonstrate sound leadership principles and practices; communicate the Department’s vision and goals with enthusiasm and passion; build trust with those contacted in the course of work; lead by example, especially in challenging times; create organizational excellence and consistency; reinforce high standards and results; ensure a work environment free of bias and prejudice; be approachable, accountable and responsible for decisions and actions.

Managing Organizational Change – Knowledge of current trends, challenges, management practices, and procedures in law enforcement; ability to plan for change, anticipate obstacles, use staff studies, and gather resources; implement change effectively, review progress and adjust, as necessary; measure the impact of change on the Department; create a working environment that emphasizes diverse ideas, empower others to elevate critical thinking skills and promote a growth mindset.

Managing/Developing Others – Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures; knowledge of collective labor agreements and human resources processes; ability to set clear expectations of individuals and hold them accountable; coach and guide subordinates and provide timely feedback; ability to recognize performance and show appreciation; measure progress related to goals and objectives; address performance issues and use corrective action processes as appropriate; ensure employees receive appropriate and/or required training; adapt management style to the situation; ability to build and maintain a creative work environment, and ability to delegate and empower others.

Modeling the Department’s and Town’s Values – Ensure that all personal and professional interactions recognize the strength of diversity in our community and understand viewpoints from differing backgrounds are valued; recognize that diversity strengthens the health and vibrancy of the Department’s workforce; actions are consistent with the Department values; and ability to own the importance of building a department that reflects the community.

Operational Effectiveness – Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply departmental policies, procedures, rules, and regulations; ability to utilize crime management systems; knowledge of budgetary practices and procedures; ability to manage major Town and Department operations. Ability to address complex issues; provide and shift resources, as needed, to accomplish a variety of missions; develop and manage an assigned division; facilitate and lead meetings that solve issues and produce results, and effectively utilize technology.

Partnering With Community Stakeholders – Knowledge of community-oriented policing concepts and strategies; ability to implement community-oriented policing strategies; knowledge of community issues and events; ability to serve as a departmental representative to community groups, including other city entities, community leaders, and non-governmental agencies; and ability to serve as a point of contact between Department and media, when necessary.

Problem Solving/Decision Making – Ability to consider values, policies, facts, and other relevant considerations when making difficult decisions; knowledge of emerging problems and skills to deal with them effectively; gather input, analyze facts, and seek creative solutions before making decisions; ability to act decisively within legal, policy, and ethical frameworks, when warranted; and ability to make decisions that are fair, unbiased, and neutral.

For more information, please visit the brochure at: POLICE-CHIEF