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Brockton panel to decide fate of Robert Hayden’s tenure as city’s top cop

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter (left) applauds Bob Hayden at a January press conference. Carpenter wants Hayden named police commissioner for a year.
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter (left) applauds Bob Hayden at a January press conference. Carpenter wants Hayden named police commissioner for a year.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

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A subcommittee of Brockton’s City Council will meet on Tuesday to decide whether a request to make the city’s acting police chief a civilian police commissioner will make it to the full council for action.

Mayor Bill Carpenter’s decision to call 71-year-old veteran policeman Robert Hayden out of retirement has rankled some in the city, including the local police union, which tried to block the appointment on the grounds that the mandatory retirement age for police chiefs is 65.

A judge allowed a 60-day term for the appointment while the details are addressed.

Hayden, who lives in Hingham and is fighting cancer, replaced the popular Manny Gomes, who was returned to the rank of captain and now heads the school police department.

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