CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Following a hiring controversy that has lasted more than a year, Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos announced the selction of William Jebb as the city’s new police chief.
Kos made the announcement Thursday afternoon at a news conference at the Chicopee City Council chambers.
Back in 2012, Jebb, then a deputy chief, applied for the position following the retirement of Chief John Ferraro. After going through a search process, then-Mayor Michael Bissonnette appointed Thomas Charette as chief instead. Jebb hired an attorney, who said that he, and not Charette, was the most qualified candidate, as he was the candidate with the highest interview and assessment scores.
The state’s Civil Service Commission ruled earlier in this year that Charette would have to give up his position this summer, after determining that Jebb was wrongfully passed-over for the promotion.
Following the commission’s ruling, Bissonnette defended his decision in a statement sent to 22News.
The commission’s decision meant that Kos had to appoint a new chief, and he said he selected Jebb, because he tested the highest of the five candidates for the position. In addition to Jebb and Charette, Captain Steven Muise, Captain Lonny Dakin, and Captain Jeffrey Gawron also applied for the position.
After Jebb was sworn in, Kos spoke briefly about Charette, noting that he had been a police officer for 27 years, had an exemplary record of serving the people of Chicopee.