Originally posted at 3:30 p.m. Updated at 6:45 p.m. with contract details.
FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer today, April 19, signed a new contract with Framingham Police Chief Steven Trask through October 23, 2021.
Trask was appointed Police Chief by Mayor Spicer on September 25, 2018, and affirmed by the City Council on October 23, 2018. Trask was appointed Acting Chief on April 27, 2018, following the retirement of Chief Ken Ferguson.
As part of his contract, Chief Trask will receive a total salary of $183,647.50, which represents a 3.5 percent increase over his base salary as deputy chief of the department, along with stipends and career-incentive education pay formally known as the Quinn Bill.
The contract also includes a retroactive payment to April 27, 2018, when he was appointed as Acting Chief. his was due to the fact that Chief Trask was unable to take vacation while serving as Acting Chief, the City will allow him to cash out 25 days of vacation, according to the City of Framingham.
A copy of the new contract was made available after 6 p.m.
Per the contract, the City agrees to “annually provide funds for membership or subscription in appropriate professional organizations, including costs of attending state and national meetings, including, but not limited to: the
International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI-NA Associates, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association, and the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association.”
Under the contract, the City “agrees to pay for the registration, travel and subsistence expenses of the Police Chief for courses, institutes, seminars and conferences that are reasonably necessary for his professional development, subject to the approval of the Mayor.”
Chief Trask, under the contract “shall have the exclusive and unrestricted use at all times during employment of an unmarked automobile provided to
him by the City in connection with the performance of his duties, inclusive of reasonable incidental personal use.”
The Mayor shall review and evaluate the performance of the Police Chief at least once each year,according to the contract.
“Annually, and in accordance with the City’s practice and procedure, the
Mayor and the Police Chief shall define, in writing, such goals and performance objectives as they deem necessary for the proper operation of the Police Department, and shall establish a relative priority among those goals and objectives,” states the contract.
The Mayor must notify Chief Trask, in writing, of her decision to reappoint or not to reappoint Trask to a successive term no later than June 23, 2021.
The next election for Mayor is November 2021.
However, any appointment or re-appointment by the Mayor of a division head, in her last year of her term, requires a 2/3rd vote approval of the 11-member City Council, per the City Charter.
“If the Mayor decides not to reappoint Trask for a successive three (3) year term, Trask may choose to serve out the balance of his term as Chief, or he may resign in accordance with Section 7 of this Agreement, in which case, he shall be entitled to his then current pay, benefits and expenses for the balance of the term of this Agreement or until the effective date of his resignation whichever first occurs, unless he is sooner terminated under the provisions of this Agreement,” states the contract.
Chief Trask may voluntarily resign or retire before contract ends by providing the Mayor a minimum of 90 days days written notice prior to the effective date of his resignation, according to the agreement.
Chief Trask a has Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Framingham State College. He is also a graduate of the Emergency Management Institute Incident Command Training at the National Fire Academy in Emittsburg, Maryland; Massachusetts Police Leadership Institute; and Senior Management Institute for Police.