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Sahagian gets new contract.

Byline: Michael Kane

BOYLSTON - The town has come to an agreement with Police Chief Anthony Sahagian for a new, three-year contract.

Sahagian is marking his 11th year in Boylston, having been named chief in December 1999.

"I'm very happy that I was offered the opportunity for continued employment in the town," Sahagian said. "It's a great place, with great folks, and I really mean that. It's (time in Boylston) been fantastic."

Selectmen Chairman James Stanton said the contract offers no significant change over Sahagian's previous contract. Sahagian will receive no pay increase in the first year, one percent in the second year and 2 percent in the final year.

Sahagian entered into negotiations with the board in December. He declined to comment on the terms of the agreement or the negotiation process. Stanton said the length of negotiations was not unusual, due to the need to have changes and wording reviewed by counsel between sessions.

During his time as chief, Sahagian noted the town has instituted two officers per shift, added mobile data terminals to cruisers, upgraded the departments equipment and eliminated what had previously been a high turnover rate in full-time officers and dispatchers.

Though Stanton was not a selectman when Sahagian was hired, he acknowledged the turnover in employees has been very low.

"Tony certainly has brought stability to that department," Stanton said. "He has a very cohesive group who work well together and who appear to be very responsive to the community.

"They get involved in a lot of things," Stanton said, noting activities like the annual police DARE Halloween party and activities within the schools.

Sahagian said he has worked to create a team-like environment in the Police Department, which, in turn, has led to a better relationship between the department and the community.

"Based on the feedback I am being given, there is an increased comfort factor between the department and the community," Sahagian said.

However, he is quick to share credit.

"All this is not me," he said. "It's the officers, the dispatchers, the Board of Selectmen, the community - it's everybody working together to make Boylston a better and safer place to live work and play."

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