Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The office of the chief of police in the town of Braintree shall be exempt from the provisions of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws.
SECTION 2. The provisions of section one shall not impair the civil service status of any person holding the office of chief of police in the town of Braintree on the effective date of this act.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections ninety-seven and ninety-seven A of chapter forty-one of the General Laws, upon the occurrence of a vacancy in the office of chief of police in the town of Braintree after the effective date of this act, the board of selectmen of the town of Braintree shall be empowered to fill such vacancy and all future vacancies by appointment of a police chief under a contract for a term not to exceed five years.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.