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    Default Especially for DaSharkie...

    It's the last line I figured would give you a chuckle...MA in a nutshell...

    New snag on waiver for Brimfield chief

    James F. Russell

    BRIMFIELD- The process to certify Police Chief Charles T. Kuss with the legal authority to make an arrest in town appeared to hit another snag yesterday when the state board responsible for approving his application realized his position is part time instead of full time, Selectman Diane M. Pannacione said yesterday.

    She said she understood that the Massachusetts Municipal Training Committee would not review the chief's credentials for a waiver in August, as it had planned to, because Chief Kuss is not a full-time chief. The MPTC is responsible for providing all municipal police training in the state, and may grant waivers for prospective officers wishing to obtain police powers.

    If approved, the waiver would grant Chief Kuss full police powers.

    Although details are sketchy, Ms. Pannacione said the request submitted by the town and Chief Kuss last month asking the state to waive the mandatory 21-week police academy is no longer under consideration because of a "technicality." That technicality has to do with the type of application that was submitted.

    Ms. Pannacione said she was told that the Training Committee has informed the town it "did not realize Chief Kuss was part-time; they thought he was full-time," and that the requirements for part-time applications are different. Because the chief is part-time, it is not certain he would be required to attend a police academy or submit a different type of waiver request in conjunction with the town, Ms. Pannacione said.

    She indicated she would seek clarification from the MPTC today. It is the town's understanding "the state is going to re-evaluate the matter, but how come they did not know he was part-time?" Ms. Pannacione asked.

    Town meeting voters last month raised the chief's hours to 10 per week. He was hired last Aug. 4 at four hours per week with a salary of $6,282 per year.

    Contacted last night at the police station, Chief Kuss said he intends to call Marlou Powers, deputy director of training at the MPTC, today to clarify the matter.

    He said, "It is my intention to do whatever it is the state requires of me. I will gladly hold my credentials to any standard. I have thousands of hours of training."

    The chief has been seeking a waiver from MPTC because of his 20 years with the Boynton Beach, Fla., Police Department, where he retired in 2001 as a senior sergeant. The chief was told by this state in November 2002 he was eligible to seek the waiver.

    Chief Kuss said, "The state of Massachusetts simply has its own protocol," adding, "I cannot say it is very user-friendly."
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    AAAhhhhhhhhh yes, and the bureaucratic machine continues it's stately rumble towards.............?

    Good luck Chief!
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    Hey Dal,

    It is nice to know you have nothing to do with your life than to think about me. I feel honored.

    This only goes to show why I have moved out of the People's Socialist Republik.

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    ..Just another thing MA has screwed up again....man I can't wait to get out of the "Commonsense of Massachusetts." Especially out here on the NY border, Most people east of Springfield don't even realize we're part of the state...including the gov't.
    The comments made by me are my opinions only, not of the Fire and EMS services I am affiliated with.

    I have lost my mind..has anyone seen it? it's not worth much..but it's mine

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    Talking Source?..........................

    Seems that the Bureau of Bureaucratic Bumbling is alive and well.................
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