“We’re not going to allow it”: City council pushes to reclassify Elorza’s appointment of civilian to police major
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- While a plan to develop a Community Relations and Diversion Services Major has been in the works since January, not many expected the top candidate to have no police experience.
The Providence City Council took the first step to reclassify Mayor Elorza’s appointment of Michael Evans, the City’s Director of Recreation, to a police major.
The role was included in the City’s budget and was created in hopes to improve the community’s relationship with the police. It would also utilize the position to respond to certain calls instead of officers.
Igliozzi said he’s happy the City agreed to compromise.
“We’re going to change the title, reclassify the position to civilian, and narrowly tailor it so it’ll be a civilian type of position.”
Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare told ABC6 the department is having continued discussions with the council on the position.
ABC6 reached out to Mayor Elorza’s Office for comment but have not yet heard back.