EGREMONT, Mass. -- The long-time chief of the Egremont Police Department may not have seen it coming. Chief Reena Bucknell was fired Monday after a vote by the board of selectmen.
"It was time we made a decision and move forward from this," said Bruce Turner, Chairman of the town's Board of Selectmen.
Bucknell was put on paid administrative leave February after her police officers complained that she created a "hostile work environment."
"The guys finally got together and said they've had enough. They came to us and said we've got some real issues here," said Turner.
The town hired Pomeroy Resources in Plymouth to investigate the department. They identified multiple concerns including a high turnover and training issues.
"In order for this department to move forward, something has to give," said Turner.
In August, the town decided to work on a separation agreement with Bucknell, but that fell through when the town and Bucknell could not come to terms. That resulted in her termination.
YNN reached out to Bucknell, but received no response.
"She feels that she did nothing wrong other than manage a group of people that were disgruntled. And I would tend to disagree with that," said Turner.
The town has had an interim chief for the past several months. The selectmen are hoping to hire a full time chief by January.