South Hadley to welcome town’s first female police chief

Hampshire County

South Hadley will swear-in its new police chief Friday.

A ceremony for incoming South Hadley Chief Jennifer Gundersen will be held at 9:00 A.M. at South Hadley Town Hall.

Gundersen, who had served as a captain in the Amherst Police Department, will be South Hadley’s first female police chief.

She was appointed to the position in November, after an extensive search that included 25 applicants from five different states.

Gundersen replaces Steve Parentela, who joined the force more than 35 years ago.

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