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Springfield's Next Police Commissioner Signs Contract

City of Springfield

The next police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts has signed a five-year contract, and plans to reveal a crime-fighting plan.

    The incoming commissioner, John Barbieri will be paid $167,000 a year. It is the same salary as the current commissioner, William Fitchet, who will retire at the end of May.  Barbieri was chosen by Mayor Domenic Sarno who interviewed the Springfield Police Department’s three current deputy chiefs for the job and no other candidates – a process that was heavily criticized by some city councilors and community groups.

    " I had the talent from within. It has been proven. I am very proud to have appointed John Barbieri to take over," said Sarno.

   Barbieri will unveil a five-point strategic plan during a public forum at Springfield’s Van Sickle Middle School on Monday April 7th

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.