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Egremont town leaders hire private firm to investigate police chief

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EGREMONT, Mass. - In order to conduct a full review of the Egremont Police Department, in Berkshire County, and its officers the town has hired a private firm to investigate to combat claims of railroading the Chief.

It was several weeks ago that officers from the Egremont Police Department unanimously voted 'no confidence' in Police Chief Reena Bucknell's leadership.

The initial two-page complaint against Bucknell coming from another officer on the force, Jeremy Pilone, who says he was promised by Bucknell that he would become the next police chief.

In a memo to Town Personnel Director Bill Tighe, Pilone writes "Never in my twenty years in law enforcement have I seen a supervisor go to such great lengths to 'divide and conquer' an agency."

Tighe says Pomeroy Resources will now launch a top-to-bottom investigation of the accusations against Bucknell, who has served as the Police Chief in Egremont for the past 15 years, and the Department's policies and practices. "Basically there were promises that were not kept," Tighe told News10.

Bucknell is currently suspended with pay. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, she could be reinstated or lose her position.

Pilone's complaint also stated  that the chief had created a "hostile work environment."

Pilone, the officer who filed the initial complaint against Bucknell is the officer in charge of the small police force as the three-week long investigation gets underway.

The investigation will officially start Monday, according to Tighe.

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