Rick Bailey has been hired as Townsend’s interim police chief.

TOWNSEND — Selectmen appointed a new interim police chief to run the department.

Rick Bailey was sworn in immediately after he was appointed Tuesday.

“He’s a good choice because he’s a Townsend guy,” said Selectman Cindy King on Wednesday. “He’s got the experience.”

The vote was 2 to 1 in favor of the contract.

Selectman Sue Lisio voted against it. She was not opposed to the candidate, but the term is too long for an interim position, she said the next day.

“I supported the need for someone,” she said. “I support the board’s decision and will support him in any way.”

Lisio was elected to the board Monday. She was on the board until losing her seat to Gordy Clark two years ago.

In addition to serving as a captain in Nashua, N.H., and as chief in Grafton and at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, Bailey is a consultant for Public Safety Strategies Group.

One of his specialties is working with police departments with leadership issues, King said.

He is the fifth person to occupy the office since Erving Marshall retired in September 2015. Robert DeMoura, the first interim, left abruptly before his three-month contract ended.

Rock Barrieau took over as interim until Robert Eaton was hired. Friday, after less than a year on the job, Eaton was terminated following an investigation.

After Eaton was terminated, the board tasked Clark and Town Administrator Jim Kreidler to find someone to lead the department. Until then, they named Sgt. Kimberly Mattson to act as chief.

“We’ve known he’s out there,” King said. “He said he was available and interested.”

Bailey applied for the position when it was advertised, but was not selected as a recommended candidate by BadgeQuest, the firm hired to search for a police chief.

Bailey’s wife, Kym Craven, was involved with choosing Eaton, King said. Craven owns Public Safety Strategies Group where Bailey is a consultant.

The interim chief will earn a $125,000 annual salary for a 40-hour a week position, King said. He will get leave and health insurance.

The town will not pay conferences or for him to earn or retain any of his certifications, she said.

The board will look for a new chief, but only after taking a breath, King said.

Beginning a new search is affected by the recall election for King and Clark on June 19.

“We’re going to go slowly, methodically with the town in mind, also knowing that we may not be part of that conversation,” King said.

Bailey did not return requests for comment. The town administrator was out sick and could not be reached for comment.

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