Former Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman will be sworn in as New Haven’s new police chief Nov. 16, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano announced last night. Esserman served as chief in Providence from 2003 until an underage drinking controversy surrounding a party held for his daughter led him to resign June 30, 2011. During this time, murders dropped by 50 percent and overall crime declined by 30 percent, DeStefano noted. He added that as assistant chief in New Haven from 1991 to 1993, Esserman helped construct the effective community-policing model that is in place today, and that he hopes Esserman will repair relations with the community.
Governor Lincoln Chaffee ’75 P’14 and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo proposed pension-reform legislation to the general assembly last night. The legislation would freeze cost-of-living increases for retired government workers, raise the retirement age and significantly reduce many government employees’ expected pensions and benefits. The over 200-page bill is scheduled to come to a full Congressional vote sometime in November.
And it seems that Rhode Island is burning. A triple decker in Providence’s West End was evacuated after a fire in the basement this morning, a Johnston Stop-and-Shop will open as scheduled today despite a midnight fire in a refrigeration unit in the meat department and Pawtucket firefighters have responded to a fire on the second story of 95 Sisson Street. Stay safe and don’t forget to stop, drop and roll.