Springfield’s incoming police commissioner on Monday night unveiled his top priorities as the city’s top cop. It was Deputy Chief John Barbieri’s first public presentation sine his appointment.
On Monday, John Barbieri will show off his PowerPoint skills in a half-hour or more public presentation at Van Sickle Middle School, then answer pre-submitted questions that have been screened by Mayor Domenic Sarno’s staff.
Eventually this good will is going be tested, when union leaders and Barbieri will find themselves on opposite sides of a negotiating table.
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Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Wednesday that John Barbieri will take over upon the retirement of current Commissioner William Fitchet in May.
Michael Fenton, the council president, says the meeting will include the first two of three votes needed to reinstate a board with hiring and firing authority that is currently held by the police commissioner.
A spokesperson for Sarno is declining to give details, but confirms the mayor interviewed three of the city’s deputy chiefs last week. He says Sarno will appoint a new commissioner in the near future.
Despite a request from Springfield’s mayor request, refugees from places like Bhutan, Somalia, and Iraq keep arriving. The differences they face in food, laws, and language can be dizzying. In addition, they often have to adapt to a very different work culture.
The Springfield City Council is gearing up for another effort to revive citizen-led commissions overseeing the promotion and discipline of police officers and fire fighters. […]
The Springfield City Council has unanimously approved a $40,000 for the mayor, beginning next year.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says he’s re-commissioning a special paramilitary strike force, which he says will patrol the city’s more violent neighborhoods.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says he’s stayed out of the debate over a proposed pay raise for his position.
A committee of the Springfield City Council is once again taking up a proposal Monday to raise the Mayor’s salary from $95,000 to $130,000.
A State Department spokesperson says it hasn’t received Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s letter, asking the department stop placing refugees in the city.
Dozens of gun control bills were the topic of a state legislative hearing in Springfield Friday.
Wednesday night the Springfield City Council ratified Mayor Domenic Sarno’s nearly $572 million budget for the next fiscal year.