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From left: Detective Tom Maskalenko, Chief David Scott, Officers Fab Vestri and Michael Kenney, Lt. Todd Blain and Officer Dan Adams.

By Anne O’Connor

PEPPERELL — The Police Department turned out en force to welcome its newest member.

Effective July 1, Michael Kenney, 28, of Bolton, will be a full-time officer.

Police Chief David Scott said his work ethic and strong desire to help others were impressive during the interview process.

When Kenney spoke with the Board of Selectmen on Monday, he identified the reason that working in Pepperell appealed to him. “There’s a lot of community involvement,” he said.

The selectmen were impressed by the former firefighter’s resume.

“I notice you have significant IT experience,” said Selectman Melissa Tzanoudakis.

Kenney put himself through the part-time and full-time police academy.

“You’ve certainly been busy,” said Selectman Roland Nutter. “You did a lot of this on your own.”

Hiring Kenney is the first step in rebuilding the Police Department, said Town Administrator Mark Andrews. This position was cut several years ago and reinstated during the most recent Town Meeting.

In other business:

n Selectmen honored two Girl Scouts for creating an outstanding brochure chronicling 20 local resources. Abigail Nick and Sophia Couto completed the pamphlet for their Silver Award Designation, the highest award a Cadette, a Scout in grades 6 through 8, can earn.

n Selectmen heard a presentation by Tessa David about joining the Household Hazardous Waste program she runs for MassToss in Devens. The program would replace a yearly hazardous waste collection in town with 20 days of drop-off collections throughout the year. Selectmen did not make a decision.

n An additional chapter for the Open Space and Recreation Plan was completed with funding from the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards and the Mass in Motion program. The study looks at how to make Pepperell more age-friendly for seniors, said Beverly Woods, the executive director of the Northern Middlesex County of Governments.

Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of the population, said Health Agent Kalene Gendron.

n Selectmen voted unanimously to approve a three-year contract with the union for the Department of Public Works, Water and Sewer Departments, and the transfer station. It will go into effect on July 1 and last through June 30, 2019.

Details were not shared during the open meeting. The board met in executive session earlier in the evening discuss the contract.

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