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. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 97 or 97A of chapter 41 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, there shall be a chief of police in the town of Belmont appointed by the board of selectmen of said town who shall have and exercise all the powers and discharge all the duties conferred by law generally upon police chiefs. The chief shall appoint such police officers as the chief deems necessary, and may remove the same at any time for cause after a hearing. The chief shall have full and absolute authority in the administration of the police department, shall make all rules and regulations for its operation, shall report to the board of selectmen from time to time as the board may require, and shall annually report to the town the condition of the department with the chief’s recommendations thereon. The chief shall fix the compensation of all members of the department, subject to the approval of the board of selectmen. The chief shall be in immediate control of all town property used by the department, and of the police officers, whom the chief shall assign to their respective duties and who shall obey the chief’s orders.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, November 23, 2010.