The town of Great Barrington has a new Chief of Police. According to a press release from the Great Barrington Police Department, 26-year veteran of the police force, Paul Storti, has been appointed as the town’s next permanent Chief of Police.

The 53-year-old Storti, was among 30-plus candidates screened by a Police Chief Search Committee, comprised of town residents and led by the recruiting firm Community Paradigm Associates LLC, headquartered in Plymouth. Storti was the only internal job candidate.

Storti has been serving as acting chief since Dec. 23rd when Chief William Walsh Jr. retired after 40 years in the job. He joined the police department in 1995 as a full-time officer after working part-time in neighboring towns.

After interviewing three finalists for the position, Paul Storti emerged easily as the very-best candidate to build on the progressive groundwork laid by Chief Walsh (retired) ~ Town Manager, Mark Pruhenski

 

Pruhenski said that during his 10 years as a sergeant, and in a few weeks as acting chief, Storti has earned the respect of other officers and has been a leader in advocating for a department open to change and 21st century policing practices.

Storti is looking forward to the challenge...

I’m excited and ready for this challenge… who was born and raised in Housatonic and now lives in Great Barrington with his family. I have big shoes to fill, but Chief Walsh mentored me and gave me the tools to bring the department to its next level. ~ New Chief of Police, Paul Storti

 

Storti’s priorities for the department include: more focus on mental health in the community and among first responders, diversity in hiring and new methods of traffic enforcement, as traffic matters pose quality of life issues for many town residents.

He is developing a new department position -- community outreach and education officer -- to act as a liaison with area groups and residents, with the goal of expanding department communications with underrepresented citizens and various groups and individuals that make up the local community.

Every day we can work to better serve people, and we must go the extra mile to build and maintain trust… My goal is to strive to make ours the best police department in the county. ~ Storti

 

Pruhenski offered thanks to the volunteer Police Chief Search Committee and to Community Paradigm Associates for their thorough work in the search process.

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