- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

THETFORD, Vt. (AP) - The small town of Thetford Is having trouble finding someone to take the job as the new police chief.

The select board has offered the position to two candidates, but both turned it down, at least in part because of the compensation package.

“A lot of this is about money. … Your top two people rejected partially because of money,” Vermont State Police Lt. Russ Robinson, a member of the search committee, said during a recent meeting of the select board. “If you have the right person, you might have to pay a little more.”

Thetford, a town of 2,600 north of White River Junction, has a police department with a full-time chief and two full-time and two part-time officers.

The town has been working to replace former Chief Jim Lanctot, who stepped down over the summer. The town’s top choice, a Ludlow police sergeant, recently withdrew his acceptance of a conditional offer.

Selectman Donn Downey, the board’s liaison to the police department, said the town’s compensation offers run from about $54,700 for a chief with no experience to about $70,000 on the high end. That range turned out to be about 10 percent to 20 percent lower than what candidates were seeking.

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