Editor’s Note: The following statement was sent to all 11 City Councilors today, September 28 by Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer.
Once an email or message is sent to the City Council, a publicly elected body, it is public information, under the state’s Open Meeting Law. Source is publishing the statement to the Council by the Mayor, as written, below.
I am dismayed to learn of the union’s response to a major leadership decision I am responsible to make for the City.
Acting Chief Trask has 31 years of experience in Framingham as a police officer, has held every rank and has experience in most of the leadership positions within the department, to include Emergency Management Director for the past 12 years. He has a master’s in public administration from Framingham State University, a criminal justice degree from Westfield State College and numerous professional certifications to include the Harvard Kennedy School of Government executive program.
Acting Chief Trask has spent an entire career preparing himself for this leadership position and is committed to the City of Framingham.
In his short tenure as Acting Chief, Trask has made several key leadership promotions to add new, highly credentialed command staff members, which also increased the diversity and multilingual skills that represent our community.
On Monday, we swore in five new police officers in Framingham as well as promoted a police officer to Sergeant which builds upon our public safety command and leadership team.
As the department’s Executive Officer, Acting Chief Trask has proactively worked to address the issues of the past, and to set expectations of excellence for the future.
One of the jobs of senior management in any organization is to implement or support disciplinary decisions when supported by the facts and evidence. This is necessary for the health of any organization. The vast majority of Framingham’s police officers who do their job well and without reproach, as well as all of the citizens of Framingham, deserve no less. Acting Chief Trask should be praised and not punished for doing his job in this area, as any responsible manager must do.
In my own observations and experience over the last nine months as Mayor and working closely with the leadership team and the entire Police Department, I am proud of our department, the dedicated work that they do and the terrific service they provide our community.
It is with that confidence in the department that I chose to promote from within an individual with the experience and credentials be its leader.