Hadley Police chief picked for regional post

  • Hadley Poilce Chief Michael Mason has been selected as second vice president of the Western Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

HADLEY — Police Chief Michael Mason is taking on a leadership role for the Western Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association.

Mason was sworn into the association’s second vice president position at a meeting at the Log Cabin in Holyoke on Dec. 12.

Mason said he has been grateful for the support he has received from the association since joining it during the early part of his tenure as chief, which began in January 2015.

“More than once, a fellow chief randomly stopped by my office to drop off training material or chat with me about things that they felt would be helpful as I grew into my new role,” Mason said.

He commended its members’ commitment to the profession and the assistance they are willing to offer when issues come up.

Also sworn in were Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. as the association’s president, Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis as the first vice president and West Springfield Police Chief Ronald Campurciani as the executive director.

The regional association is made up of current and former police chiefs for the 111 cities and towns in Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden and Berkshire counties, meeting regularly to exchange information and advocate on law enforcement issues

Mason said he appreciates that the organization is also involved in curriculum development and training of new police officers so that it gets good recruits. Annual donations and scholarships and awards to youth are given out by the association.

“Being nominated for the role of second vice president allows me to follow in the path of some of the most professional men and women who have held the title of chief of police,” Mason said.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.