Tisbury regroups in wake of chief's departure
The Tisbury selectmen and the Tisbury Police Department tried to move forward during the week since police Chief John Cashin left his job on May 20.
After appointing Tisbury Officer Daniel Hanavan interim chief last week, the selectmen announced plans to hire Robert Wasserman, a West Tisbury resident and international security consultant, to help the town with police management issues, which he has done before.
The selectmen said they reached a mutual decision with Mr. Cashin that he would leave three months short of the end of his three-year contract. They appointed Officer Hanavan as interim chief through October 12.
Officer Hanavan joined the Tisbury Police Department in 1989. Three years ago, he competed with Mr. Cashin as a finalist for the chief's job.
Tisbury Police Officer Michael Gately, the union's shop steward, said this week Chief Hanavan's appointment has been well received, both in the police department and in the community.
"At the town picnic last Monday, people were approaching him and telling him, 'Congratulations, it should have been you in the first place,'" Officer Gately said. "Chief Hanavan is universally liked. A lot of people from the town have interacted with him and already know him."
In a phone call yesterday, town administrator John Bugbee said that compensation for Chief Hanavan's increased responsibilities is still under negotiation.
At 4 pm on Tuesday, Mr. Bugbee and selectman Geoghan Coogan met with seven of the police department's 12 officers in a brief public meeting held at the station.
Mr. Coogan, elected April 28, introduced himself as the new selectman. He said that selectmen Jeffrey Kristal and Tristan Israel agreed he would represent them at the meeting.
Mr. Coogan formally announced Officer Hanavan's appointment as interim chief and the selectmen's decision to hire Mr. Wasserman, to try to help them correct problems with police department.
"We've got to look back and also look forward, so we're not looking for a new chief every three years," said Mr. Coogan. He then asked the representatives of the media to leave, so that specific personnel issues could be discussed in a private session.
Reactions to the meeting were mixed. Chief Hanavan said yesterday that although it was brief, a few of the officers expressed concerns to Mr. Coogan. The chief said the meeting provided a good exchange.