New contract for police chief approved

Jul 12, 2021

Dartmouth’s top cop will be getting a slight bump in pay following the Select Board’s approval of a new three-year contract for Chief Brain Levesque on July 12.

“We have our command staff locked down for another three years,” Board Chair Shawn McDonald said.

Under the agreement, Levesque will receive a 2% increase in his salary to $180,232.87 over the next two years. He will also be eligible to receive 35% pay for every unused sick day — up from the 20% he and other current town employees get.

Town Administrator Shawn MacInnes noted that the increase is “lower than the average police chief contracts.”

Board Member John Haran was the lone dissenter in Levesque’s new contract. The main issue, he said, was with the sick leave buy back.

“It should be uniform across the board for all town employees at 20%,” he said.

Levesque has held the position since former chief Robert Szala retired in December 2017.

The department’s two deputy chiefs will also see a slight increase in pay.

James Storey and Tony Vincent will receive a base salary of $120,550 — up from the base $118,000 approved in 2018. They are also eligible for college incentives based on what degrees they hold.

Board member Frank Gracie III opposed the new contracts for the deputy chiefs, saying that the town’s calculations “result in raises between $15,000 and $20,000.” 

“I think that’s ridiculous, we need to do something different,” he said. “One-time hits like that, I think, are detrimental.”