The Town of Littleton, Massachusetts is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the full time position of Police Chief.  Enjoying an ideal location at the crossroad of interstate 495 and Route 2, Littleton has a land area of 16 square miles and is just 40 miles northwest of Boston and 30 miles from Nashua New Hampshire. A diverse community, home to over 9400 residents, Littleton boasts a strong school system, an engaged citizen base, quality facilities and a strong financial track record. 


The Littleton Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency, with a broad range of programs and projects given its relatively small size. With a department budget of approximately 2 million, the Department has a successful School Resource Officer program, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ ­­­­­­­­Police Explorer program, Student Police Academy, R.A.D. Training, Senior Citizen Anti-Scam Training, Mental Health and Addiction Counseling. Staff includes ten full time officers, four Sergeants, one Detective Sergeant, two Detectives, nine part time officers, five dispatch officers, a K-9 unit, and a civilian administrator.  With over 600 employees, the Town enjoys extraordinary teamwork and collaboration amongst the departments and the police department plays a central role in that framework.



The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced law enforcement professional in a municipality setting, with strong knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures related to community-based police services, relationship building, staff development, and organizational leadership. They will be skilled in municipal law enforcement techniques; use of emerging technologies; report preparation and presentation both verbal and written forms; professional development and mentoring, recruitment and training; and strategic planning. Knowledge of Massachusetts Police Accreditation process and requirements is a plus to maintain the recent accreditation received by the Department.

The Chief of Police will plan, develop, implement, organize, manage, continuously improve, supervise, direct, and evaluate the law enforcement operations of the Town; assist in the administrative and leadership role in the organization; and develop and implement policies relating to the Police Department function and operations. Excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and willingness to continuously improve the Police Department and the Town is a must. Proven, successful local law enforcement management and operations experience are critical. Candidates should demonstrate experience in establishing and maintaining a community oriented philosophy of working with public safety partners, town departments, the business community and the citizens.

Successful performance of the work requires knowledge of law at all governmental levels, public policy, municipal law enforcement functions and activities, including the role of a Strong Chief, Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator, and the ability to develop, oversee, and implement projects, programs and processes in a variety of areas related to police operations.


An Independent Assessment Center will be utilized in the recruitment process to evaluate specific skills and abilities of the applicants. The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice or related field and ten years of progressively responsible experience with at least five years of increasingly responsible command experience; or equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Master’s Degree is highly desirable. Demonstrated experience in preparing and administering programs and budgets in a police agency setting is a must.  Knowledge of MA Police Accreditation requirements preferred. Graduate of Massachusetts Police Academy or waiver from the Massachusetts Police Training Commission; graduation from Southern Police Institute or FBI National Academy prior to appointment is optimal or within 2 years of appointment as Chief. Must be certified as a CPR First Responder. Knowledge of IMC CAD and CJIS software preferred. Military service is beneficial.

A full job description and additional information outlining the qualifications and experience identified as necessary and desirable of candidates for this position is available on the Town of Littleton’s website at www.littletonma.org. This information will be used as a guide in the recruitment process, providing specific criteria by which applicants will be evaluated and selected for interviews and appointment. Background information on the community and department is also included in this material.



All applications will be held in confidence and only shared with the screening committee in executive session. The Board of Selectmen will appoint the Chief of Police and final candidates will be presented to the Board of Selectmen in open session.

To apply for this career opportunity, please submit your letter of interest and resume to Anthony Ansaldi, Assistant Town Administrator, 37 Shattuck Street, Littleton, MA 01460.  You may also send your information electronically to aansaldi@littletona.org. All applicants will be subject to a thorough background investigation and pre-employment physical including drug and alcohol testing. Applications must be received by January 31, 2018. The Town of Littleton is an EOE.

Tentative Schedule:

  1. Applications submitted by January 31, 2018
  2. Review of Applicants by Preliminary Screening Committee
  3. Initial Interviews by Preliminary Screening Committee
  4. Independent Assessment Center for select Candidates
  5. Background and Reference Checks on Final Candidates
  6. Final Candidates recommended to Board of Selectmen
  7. Interviews with Board of Selectman
  8. Employment to begin mid May 2018



The Town of Littleton offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, including a Town vehicle, cell phone allowance, clothing allowance, professional development, vacation, sick and personal leave days, Holidays and:

Retirement: Defined Contribution Retirement plan through Middlesex County Retirement Board.

Insurance Benefits: Health Insurance is Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO group health plan. Life insurance through Boston Mutual. Short and Long Term Disability insurance paid in full by the Town. Dental is available on a self-funded basis.

Other: Flexible Spending Account, Voluntary Deferred Compensation (457), life insurance policies





Position Profile 12/29/2017