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Constable Candidate Q & A

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eHop posed the following questions to our Constable Candidates and we are posting their responses here exactly as submitted. We thank them for their time and for their commitment to Hopkinton. In addition we recommend voters watch the HCAM Contested Races Debate and the Women’s Club Meet the Candidates Night, both of which are available on the HCAM YouTube Channel.

CONSTABLE, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Michael P. Umina, Sr., 24 Chestnut St, Unenrolled, Incumbent • No Candidate Statement Received Yet
  • Michael A. Hayes, 1 Third Rd, Democrat • Michael Hayes Candidate Statement

Question 1: Mr. Umina, Can you tell us about some of the duties you have performed since you were elected to the position of Constable in 2013?

Michael P. Umina, Sr.: No response received by deadline.

Question 1: Mr. Hayes, What made you want to run for Constable?

Michael A. Hayes: After speaking with our special Constable William Pickett out of Framingham who supports Hopkinton, a couple law enforcement officers and town hall employees this seemed to be a good fit for myself to serve the community.

Question 2: Mr. Umina, Are you a member of the Massachusetts Bay Constable Association or the Massachusetts Constables Association? Have you participated in any of their trainings or continuing education programs?

Michael P. Umina, Sr.: No response received by deadline.

Question 2: Mr. Hayes, If elected, do you plan to become a member of the Massachusetts Bay Constable Association or the Massachusetts Constables Association? If elected, do you plan to participate in any of their trainings or continuing education programs?

Michael A. Hayes: Yes, I do plan to become a member of MBCA and already have my application filled out. If elected I would be attended an educational program a week after the election. I have also initiated the paper work to become a Notary and been researching the history of constable’s role as a civil peace officer. MBCA also hosts monthly informational meetings and an annual educational more extensive seminar that I would want to be at as well.

Constables in Massachusetts – Did You Know?

Per Massachusetts General Law Chapter 41 Section 94: “Constables may serve the writs and processes described in section ninety-two and warrants and processes in criminal cases, although their town, parish, religious society or district is a party or interested. They shall have the powers of sheriffs to require aid in the execution of their duties. They shall take due notice of and prosecute all violations of law respecting the observance of the Lord’s day, profane swearing and illegal gaming. They shall serve all warrants and other processes directed to them by the selectmen of their town for notifying town meetings or for other purposes. They may serve by copy, attested by them, demands, notices and citations, and their returns of service thereof shall be prima facie evidence; but this provision shall not exclude the service thereof by other persons.”

A Constable is traditionally a preserver of the peace. Under Massachusetts Open Meeting Law “An individual may not disrupt a meeting of a public body, and at the request of the chair, all members of the public shall be silent. If, after clear warning, a person continues to be disruptive, the chair may order the person to leave the meeting. If the person does not leave, the chair may authorize a constable or other officer to remove the person.”
Constables may serve and execute civil processes. Constables may serve judicial process only in the cities or towns in which appointed or elected. Constables are required by law to be bonded for the service of civil process. Constables usually operate as independent contractors. The fees for service of process in Massachusetts by Sheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs and Constables are provided for by statute and are arrived at by combining a number of items provided for in the statute. The fees charged generally include: cost of service, copies, travel, and use of motor vehicle, but may include additional fees for attachments, poundage, keepers, assistants, appraisers, posting, advertising, adjournments, auctioneers, arrests, custody, taking bail, etc. if applicable.

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