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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY OF THE TOWN OF MANSFIELD TO APPOINT POLICE CADETS TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THE TOWN.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

SECTION 1. (a) Notwithstanding chapter 31 of the General Laws, a person who has completed not less than 2 years of service as a police cadet in the police department of the town of Mansfield pursuant to section 21A of chapter 147 of the General Laws may, subject to a program established by the appointing authority of the town, be appointed to fill a vacancy in a position in the lowest grade in the police force of the town without certification from an eligible list prepared pursuant to said chapter 31; provided, however, that the program shall provide for recruitment of applicants for appointment as police cadets in the town and for appointment from an eligible list prepared after a competitive examination administered under the supervision of the appointing authority of the town.

(b) Not more than 33⅓ per cent of the total number of appointments to the regular police force of the town of Mansfield in any calendar year shall be made pursuant to this act. The appointing authority of the town shall report in writing any appointment made pursuant to this act to the personnel administrator in the division of personnel administration. 

(c) The appointing authority of the police department of the town of Mansfield shall institute appropriate recruitment procedures for the police cadet force to effectuate the purposes of and, to the extent practicable, ensure consistency with section 26 of chapter 31 of the General Laws and basic merit principles and to realize the purposes of this paragraph.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, August 22, 2018.