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December 20, 2013

Brackett takes over as chief in Atkinson

Sheriff's chief deputy says he's not interested in permanent job

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Caggiano’s official last day is Dec. 28, but he will be on vacation next week.

The interim tag is the only one Brackett will serve under. He said he was “absolutely not” interested in becoming the town’s permanent police chief.

Town Administrator Bill Innes said Brackett will be a positive addition to the town.

“He provides quality, consistency and a level of integrity,” Innes said. “I think it’s oversight to make things go smoothly.”

Selectmen William Friel and Fred Thompson were at the Atkinson police station yesterday to swear Brackett in. He will work 32 hours a week as a part-time employee of Atkinson.

“I’m only allowed to work that much per week,” Brackett said. “My commitment is to working for Atkinson. I may work on occasion for the sheriff’s department. If I had to work there for whatever reason for two hours then I could only be in Atkinson for 30 hours per week. But my primary commitment is Atkinson.”

Atkinson will pay Brackett while he leads their department. The money will come from the $31,000 which has been budgeted for the police chief’s position. Just more than $9,000 has been used this year.

When Atkinson finds a permanent chief, Brackett will return to his 32-hour-a-week job with the sheriff’s department.

The town continues to search for a new full-time police chief. The position has been part time in the past, but next year’s proposed budget will include money for a full-time chief. Innes said the salary of the new chief has not been determined.

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