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Mayor Grebien Brings Together Public Safety and Community Leaders to Launch Search for a Public Safety Director

Pawtucket – Mayor Donald R. Grebien announced today the formation of a search committee to assist the City in identifying a Public Safety Director. The Public Safety Director will oversee police, fire and the City’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA), and work to implement best practices, identify improvements, and provide high quality services to Pawtucket’s residents.

“The safety of our residents is our number one priority and this investment in a standalone director reinforces that priority,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “We are looking to become even more proactive and strategic in our approach as we move forward and address the future needs of this great city.”

“The public safety needs of communities across the country are rapidly growing, with new technologies, increasing costs, and shifting criminal tactics,” said Committee Chair Steven O’Donnell. “I’m honored to assist Pawtucket in identifying a candidate to lead this work.”

The Public Safety Director will address growing needs across the three departments working as a cohesive unit to increase efficiencies. With increasing day-to-day challenges placed upon fire, police, and EMA the director will focus on long-term priorities, including, updating systems, addressing aging facility needs, and building community relationships. 

The Search Committee, over the next two months, will hold a public input meeting, identify key selection criteria, interview candidates, and refer finalists to the Mayor. The Committee held its first meeting on January 4, 2017.

Director of Public Safety Search Committee


Steven O'Donnell (Chair), Retired Colonel of the RI State Police and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Providence YMCA

Ken Bell, cyber-security expert and retired RI State Police Officer

Jack Chartier, Rhode Island State Fire Marshall

Sandra Cano, City Councilor

Gary Convertino, resident and Pawtucket Personnel Board Chair

PJ Fox, Executive Director, The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence

Peter Gaynor, Director, RI Emergency Management Agency 

Antonio J. Pires, Director of Public Safety/ Director of Administration

Arthur Plitt, resident and President of the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket

Patricia St. Germain, resident and President of the Fairlawn Against Crime Team (FACT)

Timothy Sanzi, Captain and Executive Officer, RI Department of Public Safety

Larry Smith, Pastor, Woodlawn Baptist Church

Dijini Tavares, Cape Verdean American Community Development (CACD)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017                                                                            
Contact: Lauren Greene, 401-728-0500 ext. 358

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