Manchester-by-the-Sea Seeks Firefighter/Paramedic

The following is a message from the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea:

Manchester-by-the-Sea MA is seeking a highly responsible candidate for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic to fill an immediate vacancy.

Minimum applicant qualifications:

  • NREMT or Massachusetts Paramedic certification
  • Pro-Board or equivalent FF I/II certification
  • S. Diploma
  • Valid Driver’s License – CDL-B with Air brake endorsement preferred
  • Drug and marijuana free
  • Able to pass a comprehensive criminal background investigation

Starting salary range: $25.76 – $27.06 per hour DOQ (plus fringe benefits and other applicable incentives)

To participate in the hiring process, send a cover letter and resume before 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 to:

Fire Chief George Kramlinger

12 School St.

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944

Questions regarding this hiring process should be addressed to the above or call 978-526-4040.

All submissions will be reviewed and the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to participate in one or more interviews and assessments.

Employment will be contingent upon the satisfactory results of a number of pre-placement conditions.  Continued employment will be contingent upon maintaining paramedic certification and successful completion of the MFA Career Recruit program (if not already accomplished).

The Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea is an AA/EOE employer.

Residents Invited to Attend Information Session On New Merrimac Police Station Proposal

mpdpatchMerrimac Police Department
Eric M. Shears, Chief of Police
16 East Main St.
Merrimac, MA 01860

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Residents Invited to Attend Information Session On New Merrimac Police Station Proposal

MERRIMAC — Chief Eric Shears and the Public Safety Building Committee would like to invite community members to a public forum next month to learn more about the town’s proposal to build a new police station.

The new facility will allow the Merrimac Police Department to provide quality service to community members in a safe, secure and efficient building. If approved, the building will feature designated space for residents who come in to discuss confidential and sensitive matters with police officers. Residents applying for or renewing firearms permits will be able to complete transactions in an area away from the prisoner booking area, and an Emergency Operations Center will double as a meeting room that will be available to the community for meetings and educational opportunities.

“This new police station was designed to improve our service to the community while increasing safety for members of department,” Chief Shears said. “Over the last seven years, the Public Safety Building Committee has worked hard with the Board of Selectmen and constituents to create a project that will assure we can provide the best service to residents now and many years into the future.”


Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.


Merrimac Fire Department

16 East Main Street

Merrimac, MA 01860


Officials, including members of the Public Safety Building Committee, will outline a proposal for construction of a new 8,375 square foot Merrimac Police Station located on a nine acre parcel of land on West Main Street.

The current Merrimac Police Station, which was constructed in the late 1800s/early 1900s, is in dire need of replacement. After many years of use, the building has multiple structural deficiencies, including a sinking foundation and cracks in the walls and floors, allowing water to leak in during inclement weather. The facility also lacks privacy for employees and residents who come in to discuss or report something sensitive in nature. The dispatch area is undersized and cannot adequately serve the community and the jail cells fail Department of Public Health inspections every year, resulting in continual maintenance (with current repair costs estimated at $12,000). Due to limited space, the garage doubles as an area for records and equipment storage, as well as three banks of lockers, and there currently is not space for an interview room.

The town acquired the building in 1973, and it was first used to house the Merrimac Police and Fire Departments. Three years later, the Merrimac Highway Department moved into the building, and in 1986, a dispatch center was added.

In 2011, Chief Shears received a report from the Board of Health that a building inspection indicated that it was unfit for habitation and conditions were a danger to the health and safety of any occupants. After $45,000 in repairs, town officials formed the Public Safety Building Committee to begin examining eventual replacement of the building.

By 2014, Town Meeting attendees approved an article to fund a feasibility study to determine the needs of the three departments. In 2016, the study was completed and called for more than $25 million in recommended projects, which the town determined to be an excessive expense for residents.

One year later, the Public Safety Building Committee came up with a revised proposal to build a new police facility, highway garage and complete a best efforts renovation of the fire department. While voters did not support the $15 million proposal, officials took it as an opportunity to learn more about the needs of the community.

A recent town-wide survey indicated that 79 percent of residents recognized a need for a new Merrimac Police Station.

Using feedback from constituents, the Public Safety Building Committee reworked its proposal, focusing on a new police facility. With the highway garage and fire station set aside for separate consideration, it allowed the town to cut the cost of the project by more than 50 percent.

Residents are now asked to support the current proposal to build a new code-compliant police station. The town plans to borrow $6.5 million to complete the project, which will be paid back over a period of 25 years. This translates to residents contributing approximately $50 more in taxes for every $100,000 of a home’s assessed value. Based on the average assessed home value in Merrimac, this would result in an increase of about $200 per year.



Melrose Police to Host Emergency Preparedness Training for Residents with Disabilities


Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176


Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Melrose Police to Host Emergency Preparedness Training for Residents with Disabilities

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to announce that the Melrose Police Department, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Office on Disability, will host a meeting next week to outline important tips residents with disabilities should take if an emergency were to occur.


Thursday, Aug. 23 from 1:30-3 p.m.


Aldermanic chamber in City Hall, 562 Main St.


Officials will lead a training on how residents with disabilities, or those who have loved ones with disabilities, can be better prepared for emergency situations.

Topics will cover a variety of possible natural and man-made situations, from a storm that leaves the region without power to a widespread fire that calls for an evacuation of community members from the city.

“This training will be a great opportunity for anyone with a disability, or for those who have a family member or friend with a disability to obtain valuable information and ask questions,” Chief Lyle said. “Our goal is for everyone to be prepared if there is an emergency in Melrose or the region.”

Attendees will also receive a go pack with essential items that might be needed during an emergency.


Marion Police Sergeant Placed on Administrative Leave

For Immediate Release

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Marion Police Sergeant Placed on Administrative Leave

MARION — Town Administrator Paul Dawson and Police Chief John Garcia are releasing the following statement to the public:

“The Marion Police Department has been made aware of a multi-jurisdictional investigation in Bristol County that may impact a member of this department and his conduct related to the performance of his duties as a Marion Police Officer.

“While not the target of the investigation, information received by Chief John Garcia has led him to place Sgt. Jeffrey Tripp on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and an internal investigation and review of the facts and circumstances by the Marion Police Department.

“The initial investigation is being conducted by a Bristol County law enforcement task force and the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. The Town of Marion is cooperating fully with that investigation. Unfortunately, we cannot release any further information at this time, as we do not wish to compromise the ongoing investigation. Additional information will be released when it becomes available. We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding as this process is completed.”