Chicopee Police


There is going to be another change in top management of public safety in the second- largest city in western Massachusetts.

   Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos Monday announced the planned retirement of   Fire Chief Stephen Burkott, which is expected within a year. Burkott, 62, has been on the Chicopee Fire Dept.  41 years, the last dozen as chief.

  " It truly was, or is, the best job in the world," said Burkott.


A saga that has spanned two mayoral administrations in Chicopee, Massachusetts ended Thursday with the appointment of a new police chief.  The new chief will have to run a department that a consultant found to be plagued by internal divisions.

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos announced the appointment of William Jebb as the city’s new police chief.  Jebb was immediately sworn-in.  Minutes later it was announced that Jebb’s rival for the job, acting chief Thomas Charette, had announced his immediate retirement.

The city of Chicopee, Massachusetts will get a new, yet familiar, mayor on Monday when an inauguration ceremony is held for Richard Kos.  Kos, who served as mayor of Chicopee a decade ago, will be sworn in to a two-year term. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kos about his priorities.


The mayor of Chicopee, Massachusetts has ordered an independent investigation into how cases of misconduct have been addressed inside the city’s police department. Mayor Michael Bissonnette announced the probe at the same time he appointed a new police chief. 

Springfield Police Dept

National statistics point to an increase in deadly violence against law enforcement officers. A 36 year veteran policeman in Springfield Massachusetts was the latest to lose his life in the line of duty when he was shot dead earlier this week while trying to resolve a domestic dispute.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.