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Newton mayor names Howard Mintz the city's new police chief

Posted by Leslie Anderson  March 18, 2013 04:36 PM

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Newton Mayor Setti Warren announced Monday that he will appoint interim Police Chief Howard Mintz to permanently lead the troubled agency, citing his professionalism and integrity.

The 62-year old Mintz has been in charge of the police department since August, after the former chief was removed because of inappropriate behavior.

In his 29 years of service Mintz has "demonstrated the utmost professionalism and integrity," Warren said.

In addition to the firing of former police chief Matthew Cummings, the department has also come under scrutiny after a secretary was accused of stealing in 2011 and five officers egged their superior's house in December. Cummings is appealing his dismissal and the secretary has pleaded not guilt and is awaiting trial.

Mintz will earn $116,692 as chief and his appointment will have to be approved by the city's board of alderman. The board will likely take place in early April.

Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com.

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