Captain Charles Femino current Chief of Detectives, with
department since 1984 SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
announced today that Somerville Police Captain Charles Femino has
agreed to serve as the Interim Acting Chief of Police beginning on
Dec. 1, 2013, until a permanent replacement is found for departing
Chief Thomas Pasquarello. Femino is currently Chief of Detectives
for the Somerville Police Department, a position he has held since
2011 and previously held from 2005 to 2009. He served as Deputy
Chief of Police in 2010 and has been an officer with the Somerville
Police Department since 1984. Femino has also performed in a
variety of progressively responsible positions in his career in the
Somerville Police Department and has

distinguished himself in each. He holds a Juris Doctor from
New England School of Law, a Masters Degree in Education from
Boston University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal
Science from Northeastern University. As the Interim Acting Chief,
Femino will not be eligible to apply for the permanent Chief of
Police position. “I have every confidence in Captain Femino. He has
both the leadership ability and the breadth of experience to serve
in this role and I know that he will continue to move the police
department forward,” Mayor Curtatone said. “We will begin the
official search for a new Chief of Police right away. This will be
an open, transparent and public process as outlined in the
Somerville City Charter and City Ordinance. We know that this
process will likely take several months. I am very proud and
pleased with the progress the Somerville Police Department has made
over the past several years and will continue to make in the
future.” Pasquarello is resigning to care for a family member in
need of round-the-clock care, he stated in a letter submitted to
and accepted by Mayor Curtatone on Monday, Nov. 4. His last day as
chief will be Dec. 1, 2013 and has agreed to make himself available
to assist with the transition to a new Chief. The Mayor will select
a new police chief in accordance with the City Charter and City
Ordinance, which requires a Police Chief Selection Committee that
will be promptly organized and consisting of: · the City’s Director
of Personnel · one member of the Board of Aldermen appointed by the
Board President · the director of the City’s multicultural affairs
commission · two members of the general public appointed by the
Mayor · two members of the general public appointed by the Board
President · two sworn officers of the Somerville Police Department,
one representing the patrol officers’ union and one representing
the superior officers’ union, both elected to represent by those
respective unions Between three and five candidates chosen as
finalists by the selection committee will take part in a public
interview, with residents and community members invited to attend
and submit written questions ahead of time as well.

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