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Jennifer Gundersen was sworn in as chief of the South Hadley Police Department at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 in South Hadley Town Hall.
“We are all very excited about Chief Gundersen starting a new phase of her outstanding career here in South Hadley and how it will create positive synergy for the community,” said Town Administrator Michael J. Sullivan. “Her experience and education will serve her well in the Town of South Hadley.”
Gundersen is the town’s first female police chief. She was appointed to the position in November by Sullivan following a comprehensive search which drew more than 25 applicants from five states. Prior to her work in South Hadley, Gundersen served with the Amherst Police Department for 24 years in positions from patrol officer to captain. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stonehill College, a Master of Science degree in criminal justice administration, and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in public administration.