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Somerville hosting public hearing about police chief search Wednesday

Posted by Brock Parker  March 3, 2014 02:36 PM

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Somerville is hosting a public hearing Wednesday to ask residents what qualities they would like to see in the next police chief.

The hearing will be held Wednesday, March 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the East Somerville Community School at 50 Cross St.

The city has hired Waters Consultant Group to assist with the search for a new police chief and Chuck Rohr, a representative from the consultant, will be soliciting input at the hearing on the qualities and characteristics the public wants in the next police chief as well as input on the issues facing the city and the needs from the police department.

Somerville began preparing a search for a new chief after Chief Thomas Pasquarello resigned late last year. Captain Charles Femino has been serving as the acting police chief since Dec. 1.

Feedback gathered at the hearing and through written comments will be provided to the city’s police chief selection committee and will be used to draft a brochure that will advertise the open police chief job, according to an announcement posted on the city's website Monday.

The selection committee will choose three to five finalists for the position and Mayor Joseph Curtatone will select the new chief, according to the mayor’s office. Finalist interviews are tentatively scheduled to be held in June.

Somerville residents unable to attend the public hearing Wednesday will be able to provide feedback through an online survey that will be posted on the city’s website next week. Paper copies of the survey will also be available at the Somerville Police Department, City Hall welcome desk, all Somerville Public Schools and at public libraries.

--Brock.parker@globe.com

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