The Board of Selectmen’s desire to remove the Police Department from the Civil Service is similar to hiring an outside contractor to perform certain duties at Spring Grove Cemetery.
In the Spring Grove Cemetery case, the selectmen placed citizens in danger of being a victim of certain crimes and civil actions in torts. The Board of Selectmen by taking the Police Department out of Civil Service would place the citizens at risk of civil actions in torts. The outsourcing of the employment positions did not improve the cemetery and removing the police department from Civil Service does not improve the police service to Andover.
If the citizens of Andover want a Police Department that is subjectively and baselessly controlled by the Board of Selectmen and the town manager, they should contact the selectmen and tell them to secede from the Civil Service system. If the citizens of Andover want a Police Department that is professional and executes and enforces the Massachusetts General Laws fairly, evenly and in accordance with the equal protection clause of the fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution they should contact the selectmen and tell them to that the police department needs to be under the restraint of Civil Service.
Fred W. Sunderland Jr., Esq.
78 Casablanca Court