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Town officials in Lanesborough are getting closer to interviewing finalists to become the town's next police chief.

The Police Chief Search Committee has it down to five semi-finalists from a stack of 28 resumes of law enforcement personnel who want to succeed Police Chief Timothy Sorrell. According to Sorrell who had a conversation on the phone with me back in March said that None of the 28 are from Berkshire County, which means that the five are also not from County, Sorrell is advising the committee but is not a voting member.

The town's top cop is retiring as of June 30 after more than 34 years in law enforcement all with the Lanesborough Police Department, the last six as the chief.

The search committee is one step closer, on Tuesday they voted to send a list of questions for the semi-finalists to answer. Once the written responses are returned, Chairman Rob Reilly will distribute copies to the full committee, whose members will score the answers and whittle down the five to recommend three finalists.

The Berkshire Eagle reports Before those names are forwarded to the Select Board for interviews at a public meeting, the chairmen of the committee need to do a "deep dive" to thoroughly vet the candidates' law enforcement careers. The committee is going in the right direction and being very thorough to get a good read on the finalists.

Sorrell is just the town's fourth police chief since the department was created in the early 1960s. He was appointed by the Select Board in May 2015 to succeed F. Mark Bashara.

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