By George P. Hassett
Somerville residents will have a chance to grill the candidates for the city's open police chief job at a public Q&A session July 7 in City Hall.
The field will be further narrowed to three to five candidates for the July 7 public question and answer session, moderated by selection committee member Dorie Clark.
Following the public interview process, Mayor Curtatone will visit the home police departments of each candidate before making a final recommendation to the Board of Aldermen for their approval.
"I commend the selection committee on their hard work over the last several months, and for their consideration of these six outstanding candidates," Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said. "I am eager not only to hear input from the Somerville community, but also to visit the home police departments of each finalist to assess performance and achievements, including the review of our own Acting Chief Michael Cabral. This is an important process, and I will leave no stone unturned in order to ensure that I select the best possible candidate for the job."
Alderman-at-Large Jack Connolly said residents can send comments on the city's next top cop choice until July 14 to Chiefsearch@somervillema.gov.
If a candidate other than Cabral is selected it will be the fifth chief in six years for the Somerville police department.
The selection committee that narrowed the field included staff from Curtatone's office, residents appointed by aldermen, members of the city's multi-cultural commission and police union leaders.
Under the terms of the police selection ordinance passed in 2005, the selection panel is required to submit at least three but no more than five final candidates to the mayor and a community meeting must be held for the public to provide input.
Acting Somerville Police Chief, Michael Cabral, has been a member of the Somerville Police Department since 1987. In 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief and was named Acting Chief upon the departure of Chief Anthony Holloway. Acting Chief Cabral has a BS in Law Enforcement from Western New England College and a MA in Criminal Justice Administration from Anna Maria College.
Fitchburg Police Chief, Robert DeMoura spent over 20 years with the Lowell Police Department, rising to the rank of Captain before joining the Fitchburg Police Department as Chief. Chief DeMoura has a BS in Criminal Justice from Southern New Hampshire University and a MA in Criminal Justice from Anna Marie College. He has been an Adjunct Professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Haverhill Police Chief Alan DeNaro spent over 20 years with the Oakland Park Police Department in Oakland Park, Florida rising to the rank of Division Commander before assuming the position of police chief in Central Falls, Rhode Island in 1999. In 2002 he was named Chief of Police for the Haverhill Police Department. Chief DeNaro has a Bachelor degree from Barry University in Miami and a masters degree from Anna Maria College.
Special Agent in Charge/Area Police Director of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas Pasquarello, started his career as a Cambridge police officer before joining the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1982. He has held the positions of special agent, deputy section chief, chief of police, and police director. Agent in Charge Pasquarello has a BS in Criminal Justice and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, an MPA from Northeastern University, as well as certificates from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and Johns Hopkins University.
Idaho Falls, Idaho Police Chief Steve Roos started his career with the Idaho Falls Police Department in 1982 and was named the Chief of Police in 2007. Chief Roos has a BS from Brigham Young University and a MBA from Western Governors University.
Lowell Police Captain William Taylor started his career with the Lowell Police Department in 1982 as a patrol officer. He became a Captain in 2000 and has held a number of leadership positions within the Lowell Police Department. He has a BS in Criminal Justice from New Hampshire College, a masters in criminal justice from Anna Maria College, as well as certificates from Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.