ADAMS -- Newly-appointed Police Chief Richard Tarsa inked a 3-year contract with the Board of Selectmen Wednesday.
The board chose Tarsa to lead the department in August in a 3-2 decision over two other finalists. The town has been in negotiations with its new chief for several weeks.
"It’s a big relief," said Tarsa.
Tarsa’s contract will expire Oct. 17, 2016, and provides him with mostly the same benefits as other non-bargaining employees of the town.
Tarsa will earn a salary of $74,500 in his first year, but could receive performance-related raises in 2015 and 2016.
The contract also includes annual cost of living increase that would be authorized at Town Meeting, as well as a $1,000 annual uniform allowance.
"I thought it was a fair contract, and I wish you the best of luck," said Selectman Joseph Nowak.
The agreement also allows for Tarsa to attend professional development seminars with prior approval from the town, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference.
If the town wished to relieve Tarsa of his duties, the contract stipulates he would retain the right to a hearing before the town administrator.
The town would need to give Tarsa three-months notice, or 3-months salary in a lump sum, before discharging him without "just and reasonable cause." Tarsa can be fired with as little as 30 days notice if fired for just causes.
After a few months in the position, Tarsa said he loves his job.
With the new position have come new responsibilities. Tarsa added that he’s learning "to see things from an administrative perspective."
Tarsa is a 29-year veteran of the Adams Police Department. He was chosen over a federal agent and sergeant for the position on Aug. 21.
Tarsa had served as interim police chief since former Chief Donald Poirot, who had served Adams for 33 years, retired in April.
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