Mark Taylor
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The city of Gardner is expected to begin working on the hiring of a new police chief next week.
Kenny Francis, 25-year veteran police chief, passed away last month.
Mayor David Drovetta said he plans to define the process next week.
“I have not made any decisions regarding the process for identifying a new Chief of Police. The Charter ordinance identifies this position as one that is appointed by the mayor with consent of the majority of the council,” Drovetta said.
“Gardner was a much different community when we hired Chief Francis; Cheryl (Harrison Lee) and I have discussed this and currently she and I are contacting individuals to seek feedback on processes used in the area. We both agree that someone with law enforcement expertise and leadership experience should be involved in our search process.”
The city council last month issued a resolution in Francis’s memory.
The resolution stated that “as a further mark of respect, the row of flags on Main Street will be flown for 25 days, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 to honor the Chief’s 25 years of service to the city of Gardner and hereafter the 14th day of September shall be honored as Kenneth A. Francis Memorial Day in the city of Gardner.”