BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) secured final enactment of H. 3524, An Act authorizing the town of Tyringham to continue the employment of the Chief of Police, Peter Curtin by the Massachusetts Senate during today’s formal legislative session.
H. 3524, a home rule petition sponsored on behalf of Tyringham by Downing and State Representative Wm. Smitty Pignatelli (D- Lenox), received the unanimous approval of local voters during the community’s Annual Town Meeting held on May 10, 2011. The legislation authorizes Police Chief Peter Curtin to continue his employment in that role until December 31, 2013, so long as he is mentally and physically capable of performing the duties of the position.
Testimony in support of the bill provided by Tyringham Selectman Alan Wilcox on July 6, 2011 explains that passage of the home rule is necessary to ensure that the small, rural community is able to successfully recruit and properly train a new Police Chief. Wilcox indicated that Chief Curtin’s experience would be invaluable during this process.
The bill was given a favorable report from the Public Service Committee earlier in the session and received the final approval of the House of Representatives, under the leadership of Pignatelli, yesterday. It will now go to the Governor for final approval; Governor Patrick has ten days to review and act on the bill.