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Three finalists for next Braintree police chief

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 25, 2012 01:47 PM

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Braintree has named three finalists for the position of police chief, and all will participate in a public interview Wednesday before being further vetted by town officials.

According to a release, Craig W. Davis, Deputy Chief in Framingham; Russell W. Jenkins, Deputy Chief in Braintree; and Richard Rudolph, a Commanding Officer and Lieutenant in the Detective Bureau of the New York City Police Department, have all moved on to the next round.

Finalists were chosen after a résumé review by police chiefs in other communities; an evaluation exercise conducted by Wayne Sampson, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association; and interviews by Mayor Joseph Sullivan and several staffers.

According to Tom Bowes, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, all three finalists are suited for the job, and the town would be well served with any of the applicants.

“I’m very confident in the process. I didn’t have the opportunity to sit in on any interviews, but I have faith in those who have done the interviews and I have seen the résumés of the candidates, and I think they are all more than qualified,” Bowes said.

Each finalist has been a longtime police officer.

In Framingham, Davis has been an officer since 1985. He has served as Deputy Chief since 2001.

Outside of the force, David received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Framingham State College.

Additionally, Davis has completed a number of professional development courses, including the course for senior police commanders at the FBI National Academy and leadership training at Northeastern University, Boston University, University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Babson College.

In Braintree, Jenkins has been an officer since 1983, serving as the Deputy Chief since 2004.

He, too, received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and has a number of professional training courses under his belt, including the course for senior police commanders at the FBI National Academy and the Suffolk University Center for Public Management’s Public Safety Leadership and Management program.

In New York City, Lieutenant Rudolph has been an officer since 1991, serving as Commanding Officer in the Detective Bureau since 2006 and as a Lieutenant since 2007.

He received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Saint John’s University and a Master of Arts, Education from Seton Hall University.

He, too, has completed a number of professional development courses including the course for senior police commanders at the FBI National Academy, Leadership Management and Policy from Seton Hall University, Law Enforcement Intelligence training conducted by FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security and Michigan State University and Leadership Training at the New Jersey State Police Academy Graduate Studies.

In the next step of the process, each candidate will be asked a series of questions in a public meeting this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Braintree Town Hall.

According to Peter Morin, Chief of Staff and Operations, all the candidates will be asked the same questions and won’t know the questions prior to going in to the interview.

Morin said that whoever comes out on top will be a great match for the town.

“This is our forth police chief search I have been involved with, and these are exceptional candidates,” he said.

Morin, Carolyn Murray Town Solicitor, Karen Shanley, Director of Human Resources and Wayne Sampson Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association will conduct the interviews.

Mayor Sullivan is expected to announce his choice by next week.

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