New Rutland City Police Chief selected
By Brent Curtis
Staff Writer | July 31,2012
A committee charged with finding a new police chief in Rutland has chosen Interim Chief James Baker for the job.
The retired state police colonel, who has been holding the temporary position since January, was the unanimous choice of a 13-person committee made up of members of the city's police commission, the Board of Aldermen, members of the department, the mayor and city residents, who voted after two hours of deliberation today.
"I'm very excited and happy to be working with Chief Baker and have every confidence in his abilities," said Larry Jensen, chairman of the Police Commission.
The commission must vote again Wednesday to ratify the search committees recommendation, but since all five members voted in favor of hiring Baker today, the outcome is all but assured.
Initially not interested in the full-time post, Baker only recently threw his hat into the ring after months of persuading by Jensen and Mayor Christopher Louras. Members of the search committee held Baker's performance and credentials in such high regard that he was added to a group of four finalists where he represented the only Vermont candidate in the mix.
Two out-of-state candidates arrived Monday in Rutland where they were interviewed this morning by members of the committee. But after two and a half hours of deliberation, the committee unanimously selected Baker.