Posted at: 10/23/2013 11:50 PM
| Updated at: 10/24/2013 10:19 AM
By: Dan Levy
HINSDALE, Mass. - It sounds like a bad Halloween prank -- a local police chief says someone is using eggs, shaving cream and rocks to try to scare her out of town. But Hinsdale Police Chief Nancy Daniels refuses to be intimidated and says she's not going anywhere.
Daniels says she has a pretty good idea whose behind the harassment, but she can't prove it. She also doesn't know if it'll continue -- and having that in the back of her mind doesn't make her job any easier.
After serving on the force for more than a decade, Daniels was appointed the top cop of her hometown department last January. She's the first female chief ever in town history.
"All of the other chiefs have ben males and none of them have gone through what I've gone through," she said.
What Daniels has gone through has stressed her beyond belief, she says. Eggs have been thrown against her house, rocks tossed through her windows, and unflattering comments written in shaving cream on the police cruiser she drives.
"When people are vandalizing my home, being the police chief, how do I keep everybody else safe?" she saked rhetorically.
At an overflow and partisan select board meeting Wednesday night at town hall, Daniel's attorney Mark Brennan addressed the situation.
"I think some people in this town should be pretty ashamed of themselves for the way they've been treating Chief Daniels," Brennan admonished.
Brennan was also able to convince the select board to write a letter on Daniel's behalf, urging the state to extend the window in which she has to attend a police training academy to attain the certification she needs to keep her job.
"Massachusetts state law has requirements and if she makes those requirements, then she's qualified," said select board member Bonnie Conners.
When asked if she was happy with the chief's performance, Conners responded, "From what I've seen her do, fine."
"I just think there's a lot of animosity with (Daniels) and I don't know why," said select board member William Goddard, who said he's comfortable with her job performance.
Daniels says she's feeling the heat from some of her bosses.
"(They're) second guessing my integrity and my ability to do the job and do the job right," Daniels said. "I knew from the get go that I wasn't the favorite candidate and things started to go downhill after that."
"I don't know why they're trying to get rid of the chief," wondered select board member Bruce Marshall. "I would say that a certain few people don't like her and these certain few people are friends of a select person."
Meanwhile, Daniels says she's been overwhelmed by the strong show of community support. She plans on attending the state police training academy in February to earn her certification, which was something she wanted to do earlier this year until injuring her ankle.
State police are investigating the vandalism case.