SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all Police Officer positions, including Police Chief, within the police department of the Town of North Reading shall be exempt from Chapter 31 of the General Laws.
SECTION 2. Section 1 shall not impair the civil service status of any Police Officer, including the Police Chief, employed in the Town of North Reading on the effective date of this act.
SECTION 3. Pursuant to Memoranda of Agreement between the Town of North Reading and the respective unions representing the Patrol Officers, Sergeants, and Lieutenants, hiring and promotions that occur after the effective date of this Act shall be exempt from Chapter 31 of the General Laws but shall be covered by this Act, the Town Charter, the Town Bylaws, and any applicable collective bargaining agreement covering the respective positions: (1) patrol officers, (2) police sergeants, (3) police lieutenants, (4) police chief; and (5) all other police officer positions within the Police Department that are authorized to exercise police powers. All other applicable provisions of the General Laws shall be unaffected by this Act.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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