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September 23, 2013

Bettencourt to hire interim chief


Garabedian noted that he’s discussed the process of choosing a permanent chief with the mayor.

“He wants to put a committee together to do the search. And he asked, if he did do that, would I participate. I said yes. Hopefully, that’s the direction we’re going,” Garabedian said.

Additionally, Garabedian applauded the plan to appoint a temporary chief for the meantime. “Especially knowing that he will know he’s an interim and he doesn’t want the permanent job. That puts everything on a level playing field.”

Fellow councilor Bob Driscoll agreed, noting that the mayor’s plan shows “He’s trying to be totally objective.”

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