Lowell, Massachusetts Police Captain William Taylor is one of six finalists for the job of Somerville, Massachusetts Chief of Police

SOMERVILLE – On behalf of the Somerville Police Chief Selection Committee, City of Somerville Personnel Director Jessie Baker today announced the six finalists for the job of Somerville Chief of Police.  In alphabetical order, the final candidates are:  Michael Cabral; Fitchburg, MA Police Chief Robert DeMoura; Haverhill, MA Police Chief Alan DeNaro; Special Agent in Charge/Area Police Director of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas Pasquarello; Idaho Falls, ID Police Chief Steve Roos; and Lowell, MA Police Captain William Taylor.   Per City ordinance, three to five candidates will be recommended to Mayor Curtatone for participation in a public Q&A session on Wednesday, July 7th in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall.  Residents and community members are invited to attend, and to submit questions.  The meeting will be moderated by Selection Committee member Dorie Clark.

“After careful and thorough deliberation by the Selection Committee and our consultant, I am confident that these six candidates are extremely qualified, and possess the necessary skills and attitude to become Somerville’s next Chief of Police,” Baker said.

Under the terms of the police selection ordinance passed in 2005, the selection panel is required to submit at least three but no more than five final candidates to the mayor and a community meeting must be held for the public to provide input.

“On behalf of the Police Chief Selection Committee, I invite and encourage all members of the public to submit written questions in advance of Wednesday’s public hearing to chiefsearch@somervillema.gov,” said Board of Aldermen President, and Committee member Jack Connolly.  “Public input is an instrumental part of this process, and we want to ensure that all voices are heard.  The e-mail address will remain open for seven days following the meeting to allow the public to submit additional comments and observations, and the public interviews will be televised on the City’s Cable Channel (13/15), and will be periodically re-broadcast throughout the week.”

Acting Somerville Police Chief, Michael Cabral, has been a member of the Somerville Police Department since 1987.  In 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief and was named Acting Chief upon the departure of Chief Anthony Holloway.  Acting Chief Cabral has a BS in Law Enforcement from Western New England College and a MA in Criminal Justice Administration from Anna Maria College.

Fitchburg Police Chief, Robert DeMoura spent over 20 years with the Lowell Police Department, rising to the rank of Captain before joining the Fitchburg Police Department as Chief.  Chief DeMoura has a BS in Criminal Justice from Southern New Hampshire University and a MA in Criminal Justice from Anna Marie College.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Haverhill Police Chief Alan DeNaro spent over 20 years with the Oakland Park Police Department in Oakland Park, FL rising to the rank of Division Commander before assuming the position of Chief of Police in Central Falls, RI in 1999.  In 2002 he was named Chief of Police for the Haverhill Police Department.  Chief DeNaro has a Bachelor degree from Barry University in Miami, Fl and a MA in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.

Special Agent in Charge/Area Police Director of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas Pasquarello, started his career as a Cambridge, MA Police Officer before joining the US Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration in 1982.  Since 1982 he has held the positions of Special Agent, Deputy Section Chief, Chief of Police, and Police Director.  Agent in Charge Pasquarello has a BS in Criminal Justice and Spanish from University of Massachusetts, an MPA from Northeastern University, as well as certificates from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and Johns Hopkins University.

Idaho Falls, ID Police Chief Steve Roos started his career with the City of Idaho Falls Police Department in 1982 and was named the Chief of Police in 2007.  Chief Roos has a BS from Brigham Young University and a MBA from Western Governors University.

Lowell Police Captain William Taylor started his career with the Lowell, MA Police Department in 1982 as a patrol officer.  He became a Captain in 2000 and has held a number of leadership positions within the Lowell Police Department.  He has a BS in Criminal Justice from New Hampshire College, a MA in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College, as well as certificates from Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Following the public interview process, Mayor Curtatone will visit the home police departments of each candidate before making a final recommendation to the Board of Aldermen for their approval.

“I commend the Selection Committee on their hard work over the last several months, and for their consideration of these six outstanding candidates,” Mayor Curtatone said.  “I am eager not only to hear input from the Somerville community, but also to visit the home police departments of each finalist to assess performance and achievements, including the review of our own Acting Chief Michael Cabral.  This is an important process, and I will leave no stone unturned in order to ensure that I select the best possible candidate for the job.”

The Police Chief Selection Committee first met on March 10, 2010, and members include:

  • Jessie Baker, City of Somerville Director of Personnel
  • Jack Connolly, President of the Board of Aldermen/Alderman-At-Large
  • Sonja Darai, Director of the Somerville Office of Commissions and staff person to the City’s Multi-Cultural Commission
  • Sergio Estany, Board of Aldermen appointee & resident
  • Dorie Clark, Board of Aldermen appointee & resident
  • Warren Goldstein-Gelb, Executive Director of The Welcome Project, Mayoral appointee & resident
  • Cesar Urrunaga, Mayoral appointee, resident, and former member of the Multi-Cultural Commission
  • Jack Leuchter, Somerville Police Employees Association appointee, and
  • Neil Brennan, Superior Officer’s Union appointee

“I want to offer both thanks and congratulations to the entire selection panel,” said Curtatone.  “They’ve done a great job with a challenging task, and the city owes them a debt of gratitude for their service.”


Full press release can be found on the city of Somerville website.