Suggesting that the town not hire consultants frivolously is a position everyone can agree with and it’s always fair game to question such expenditures. However, the hiring of a police chief or school superintendent are two of the most important decisions a community makes. It is absolutely critical that those processes be carried out as fairly and objectively as possible.
The police chief is highly visible and, as you point out in an accompanying piece, the current chief has served the town honorably for 32 years. The new chief will have a critical role in how safe we as a community will feel in the future. Furthermore, he will likely serve Andover for many years. It is important for all who have a stake that the successful candidate be selected in a fair, objective manner. The outside consultants who carried out the assessment helped insure that experience and objectivity.
The town manager and selectmen did do their job. They made the selection based on an objective process. I don’t begrudge them the expenditure.
The letter writer is the retired director of Memorial Hall Library in town.