Captain Charles Femino current Chief of Detectives, with department since 1984

- 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



"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."


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.


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

  • 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


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.