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Mayor taps Pasquarello as Somerville police chief

Posted by Matt Byrne  August 10, 2010 10:04 AM

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 Mayor Joseph Curtatone has chosen Thomas Pasquarello, a regional director for the Drug Enforcement Agency, as the city's new police chief.

Pasquarello, a Cambridge native, was picked over Acting Somerville Chief Michael Cabral, Haverhill Police Chief Alan DeNaro, and Lowell Police Captain William Taylor.

After the field was narrowed to four, Curtatone traveled to Washington, Haverhill, and Lowell, and interviewed members of the Somerville police as part of the search for a permanent chief.

Pasquarello’s duties with the Bangkok office of the DEA has taken him all over the world.

“He’s in charge of raiding poppy fields in Afghanistan and stuff like that,” said Michael Meehan, a spokesman for the mayor. “It’s a pretty cool job.”

Pasquarello said in a statement issued by the mayor's office that his worldly experience will help him as chief of police for New England’s most densely populated city.

“Somerville has a multi-cultural mix of people that makes it a global city and I believe my global experience will be a good fit,” Pasquarello stated. “Somerville has hit its stride as a great city and I am thrilled to become a part of that.”

In the statement, Curtatone said Pasquarello’s wide experience in the field “knocking down doors” gives him an insight into good policing.

“He knows the dangers associated with police work and he has a track record of making sure those who work under his command are prepared and protected. It became clear as we talked to his references that everywhere Thomas Pasquarello has been, he’s delivered.”

Pasquarello’s salary will be $185,000 per year with a five-year contract, subject to confirmation by the Board of Aldermen, according to the statement.  Cabral will continue as chief until Pasquarello can conclude his DEA service, which is expected to take three months.

Somerville's former chief, Anthony Holloway, left the post earlier this year to take the chief's post in Clearwater, Fla.

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