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Friday, December 29, 2006

Former Shrewsbury chief to lead association

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Sampson at an October news conference
(Globe Staff Photo by Josh Reynolds)

SHREWSBURY

Officials at the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association say that former Shrewsbury police chief A. Wayne Sampson has been named as the group's new executive director.

Sampson was out of town and could not be reached for comment today, but the association's interim director John M. Collins, said he will start in the new position on Jan. 2.

The association's executive board picked Sampson from seven police chief finalists.

"They thought quite frankly that he's a very intelligent, articulate guy," Collins said. "They liked the fact that he had a law degree."

The association's website lists more than 360 police chiefs as members and said the association seeks to promote cooperation between police agencies.

The group also lobbies for various legislative interests, including advocating for a police technology fund, improved training for officers and increased punishment for felons in possession of weapons.

Sampson announced his retirement earlier this year after officers and the patrolmen's union complained about his management style and town officials faced difficulty attracting new recruits.

-- Megan Woolhouse

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