On August 23, 2010 Chief Cunningham and Deputy Chief Brooks appeared before the Board of Selectmen to recommend three new officers be appointed to the department, and one promotion to the rank of sergeant. This followed an exam that was held for the position of Wellesley Police Officer on July 10, 2010. Approximately 388 candidates took the exam.
The candidates who passed the exam underwent a review of their qualifications in areas including college education, prior law enforcement or public service, military service, residence in Wellesley and abilities in language and emergency medical service.
A group of 30 applicants were selected for screening. The screening phase included a check of their criminal histories and driving records, photographs and fingerprints, a personal history questionnaire and brief interview before a panel consisting of the chief, deputy chief, two lieutenants, and a patrolman. Selected candidates took an assessment conducted by a behavioral analyst that was designed to look at specific attributes for each candidate. The benchmarks for this assessment were set based on input submitted by our command staff about the expectations and standards for Wellesley police officers.
The screening phase helped the department narrow the pool to eight candidates who underwent extensive background investigations by Wellesley police officers who have been trained to do them. Following completion of the backgrounds, six candidates were interviewed by an oral board consisting of the chief, the deputy chief, and two lieutenants.
The following two candidates were approved by the Board of Selectmen to be appointed to the department on October 4, 2011:
Kathleen A. Connors
Ms. Connors grew up locally in Dedham and currently resides in Weymouth Massachusetts. Kathleen has been employed by the Wellesley Police Department as a communications specialist for the past three and a half years. In addition to her duties as a communications specialist she is currently responsible for training new dispatchers as well as preparing documentation needed for the Warrant Apprehension Team and updating Wellesley Fire Department records pertaining to commercial building inspections. Ms. Connors also worked as a preschool teacher at Knowledge Beginnings in Westwood for two years.
Ms. Connors has a B.A. in Psychology from Framingham College. Kathleen played basketball and soccer while attending high school and continued to play soccer while attending college. She was a three year MASCAC all-star and Mass National College all-star while playing soccer for Framingham State College.
Michael J. Lemenager
Mr. Lemenager grew up in New Bedford Massachusetts and currently resides in Nantucket Massachusetts. Michael has been employed by the Nantucket Police Department as a full-time police officer and detective for the past three years and worked as a part-time officer for two years prior to that. Mr. Lemenager is a certified accident reconstruction specialist and is also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Mr. Lemenager has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He obtained his B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Merrimack College. While in school Michael received multiple awards for academic achievement and student leadership.
The following candidate will be appointed to the department effective in March of 2011.
Timothy C. Gover
Mr. Gover has been employed by the Wellesley Police Department as a communications specialist for the past fifteen years. He has been assigned as a communications specialist to the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council for the past nine years. He has also volunteered his time as a Special Police Officer for the department for the past thirteen years. During this time he has been assigned countless responsibilities such as overseeing the day to day maintenance of the fleet vehicles, ordering and maintaining many communication devices as well as the various pieces of equipment housed in the Communications Center.
Mr. Gover is currently working towards his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at Mass Bay Community College with an anticipated completion date of December 2010. He has been certified as an Emergency Medical Technician for 21 years.
Promotion to Sergeant: Detective Steven Atwood
Detective Atwood is a six-year veteran of the Wellesley Police Department. During his tenure with the department, Detective Atwood has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, background investigator and was a member of the Warrant Apprehension Team. He was part of the investigative team responsible for apprehending the U30 bank robbers, has investigated numerous other crimes and is responsible for maintaining all of the evidence processed and stored by the Wellesley Police Department. Detective Atwood previously worked as a patrol officer and Detective for the Maynard Police Department for four years.
Detective Atwood holds a M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Curry College. He is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and has attended a wide variety of training courses within the criminal justice field.