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Feb 02

Town Manager Updates

Posted on February 2, 2022 at 9:09 AM by Ashley Place

This week we have a few important messages to communicate with our community. Each of these messages are incredibly important, and I hope you take the time to read this update. For additional information, I've discussed each of these items at this past week's Select Board meeting on Wednesday, January 19th. You may watch the recording of the meeting here

Announcing the Employment Profile for Police Chief

IG-Employment Profile- Ashland Police Chief

Ashland continues the search for a new permanent Police Chief after Police Chief Alfano re-entered retirement and Lieutenant Richard Briggs became Acting Chief.

The Police Chief is a crucial element of creating a community. It is an important and visible position. While the Town Manager appoints this position, it is vital that the appointed individual reflect the vision and characteristics of the community.

For these reasons, we found it important to include the public in the process of seeking a new Police Chief. I thank each of you that took the time to contact me; and completed the community survey conducted in late November.

In addition to the public comments and survey feedback, I also met with individuals, formed a focus group, exploring specific subject areas in detail. With your help and input, I am happy to share the Employment Profile seeking our next Police Chief, please view the link below.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a Resume and Letter of Interest with Qualifications to Human Resources by emailing, subject: Police Chief Search, or by mail to the Town of Ashland, Human Resources Office 101 Main Street, Ashland, MA. 01721, Attn: Police Chief Search.

Our Human Resources Director and I will accept and review applications. Candidates that move forward will meet with a screening committee. The Committee will then recommend one or more finalists to me. Those finalists will then interview in public session, with an offer of employment extended afterward subject to meeting certain requirements and provisions.  

Click here to view the Employment Profile for the Police Chief


Announcing the Final Ashland Racial Equity Initiative (REI Report)

Ashland Racial Equity Initative (REI Report)

We are so excited to announce, the final report from Suffolk University is now available. The Town Administration is proud to use this document as the foundation for future efforts. Over the past couple of years, we've established long-term and short-term goals based on the feedback. With this final report, we are committed to establishing a plan on this report's findings. 

"I want to reinforce that this study that you see, is not the final step, by any means. It’s actually just the first step and what we believe is going to be a long, but hopefully transformative process” - Michael Herbert, Town Manager

Read the complete final report here

Learn more about the Ashland Racial Study Group


Learn about opportunities in our community and lend your voice

Survey Flyer

The Ashland Planning Department with the HPP Steering Committee has been working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) on an inclusionary housing policy to ensure new development in Ashland benefits the community by generating housing that more people can afford. We want to create a policy that’s right for Ashland, and we need your help!  

In Ashland, and communities across Greater Boston, the housing market does not meet everyone’s needs. Seniors and young adults, those with the greatest housing needs, and those with modest incomes are all affected by the high cost of housing. Inclusionary housing creates Affordable Housing opportunities by asking developers to set aside a portion of new housing units for income-eligible households. This policy is implemented through zoning requirements. 

Learn more about this initiative and inclusionary housing in Ashland by clicking here.

Participate in the survey by clicking here

This is an important initiative that the Planning Board has decided to take and advocate for, and we would appreciate your time and participation. 


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