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Watertown police chief may be appointed in late spring

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The Watertown Police Department will most likely not have a new police chief until June, at the earliest.

At least three people are taking the police chief’s civil service exam on Saturday, the second time it was offered.

It will take eight to 10 weeks, or possibly longer, before the state has an established list and the local Civil Service Commission accepts the results, said Amie L. Davis, the Civil Service Commission’s executive secretary.

City Manager Sharon A. Addison will make the appointment.

Capt. Cheryl A. Clark confirmed on Wednesday she will be there on Saturday. Last March, Capt. Clark received an 85.

“I’m taking it again,” she said, adding that she has been studying for the exam.

Lt. Michael J. Mullins, who also took it last March and scored an 80, and Sgt. Charles P. Donoghue also are expected to take the exam. They could not be reached for comment.

Gary R. Comins, who was out of the office on Wednesday and unavailable for comment, was appointed as chief in a provisional appointment in July. He did not take the exam last March; city officials declined to comment whether he was retiring.

Last May, the police chief position remained unfilled because it was “a nonbinding exam” since fewer than three people took it, said Elizabeth U. Morris, the assistant to the city manager.

At the time, Ms. Addison could have made either a permanent or a provisional appointment.

Last year, it was only a promotional exam, but Saturday’s exam is a promotional and open exam, meaning qualified candidates from outside the Watertown Police Department can take it.

The salary range for the position will be $86,650 to $89,500, with either two years as a police captain, four years as a lieutenant or a combined eight years as a lieutenant and sergeant required for the appointment.

Last July, Capt. Clark was promoted from lieutenant.

Former Chief Joseph J. Goss retired last June after a 30-year career.

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