"It's important to all Guilderland residents that we have the best candidate for the job. With events like Columbine and the Porco case, we need the best,"
Redlich said. "It's a clichE, but when that call comes in at 3 a.m., we need the best person to take that call."
Redlich said that Lawlor was not the best based on the rEsumE presented on a "side-by-side comparison." He said the public had heard Lawlor's description but that they had not heard about the other candidates.
Grimm agreed with Redlich and said hiring outside of the department would prevent any insider secrecy that may occur in a department that was rocked by the sudden resignation of its former police chief amid allegations of sexual misconduct and other inappropriate behavior.
"I have to agree with Councilman Redlich's evaluation. The evaluation took the personalities out of the equation and really did speak directly to the merits," Grimm said. "On the merits, Acting Chief Carol Lawlor is not the strongest candidate in my view."
The rest of the board, and seemingly the residents in attendance, disagreed.
Dozens of residents filled the room, many of who held signs in favor of Lawlor, and they applauded loudly when each board member voted for Lawlor.
The room was quite when Redlich and Grimm cast their votes against her.
"I want to thank the town board members who supported me," Lawlor said after being nominated. "And to those who didn't support me, I hope we can put public safety first."
Lawlor will be paid around $90,000 a year as chief, according to Runion, and will take the oath of office on June 6 at 11 a.m.