Amherst council confirms Gabriel Ting as police chief

Interim Amherst Police Chief Gabriel Ting, left, was confirmed Monday as the town’s permanent chief.

Interim Amherst Police Chief Gabriel Ting, left, was confirmed Monday as the town’s permanent chief. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Published: 04-30-2024 3:59 PM

AMHERST — A near-unanimous Town Council this week confirmed Police Capt. Gabriel Ting as Amherst’s next police chief.

Six days after Town Manager Paul Bockelman said he would name Ting, a 27-year veteran and interim police chief since last May, to the permanent role, councilors Monday voted 10-1, with two members absent, to confirm the appointment.

“His leadership and his ability to listen are hallmarks of what will make him a terrific police chief,” Bockelman told the Town Council.

Specifically, Bockelman praised Ting’s emphasis on connecting with town youth, his experience as a son of Chinese immigrants and his education in the Amherst public schools.

The lone vote against Ting’s appointment came from District 3 Councilor Hala Lord, who didn’t offer an explanation for her vote, while At Large Councilor Ellisha Walker and District 5 Councilor Bob Hegner were not present at the meeting.

The vote followed a recommendation from the Town Services and Outreach Committee, with Chairman Andy Steinberg noting that Bockelman had made an appropriate and thoughtful appointment.

Bockelman said Tuesday that a contract with Ting is to be negotiated, followed by a swearing-in ceremony.

— Scott Merzbach

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