Hopkinton is grappling with several unfilled key positions, including Fire Chief, Deputy Police Chief, Lieutenant, Chief Financial Officer, Town Accountant, and Human Resources Director. Despite setting up a hiring committee months ago, there has been little progress in filling the Fire Chief role, and there is no movement on the others. The vacancies are impacting the town’s leadership structure and daily operations. With today’s departure in HR, hiring is likely to be further delayed. Amid these concerns, critics urge the Select Board to expediently address these gaps.