Fiorentini said DeNaro has made great strides in modernizing the Police Department.
“His modern policing methods have included ... the computer crime fighting program first used in New York City,” Fiorentini said. “This year, Haverhill will become the first city in New England to bring on more sophisticated crime fighting software to help us to better predict where crime is likely to occur.”
The mayor also credited DeNaro for being “extremely aggressive and effective in applying for and obtaining grants to augment his budget.”
“He has indicated a willingness to serve out the remainder of his career here in Haverhill and I was happy to sign a contract with him to allow us to keep him,” Fiorentini said. “In the past, other cities have attempted to recruit Chief DeNaro and I do not blame them.”
In 2010, DeNaro was a finalist for the police chief job in Somerville.
In 2011, DeNaro became only the third person in Massachusetts in charge of a community’s police and fire departments. His contract says he holds the position of public safety commissioner at the mayor’s pleasure and can be removed at any time with three months notice or if the mayor hires a new fire chief.
DeNaro was promoted to public safety commissioner in 2011 following a series of controversies involving fire Chief Richard Borden and the city’s firefighters. Borden is still the city’s fire chief and is in charge of the department’s daily operations and at fires scenes, the mayor has said.
Since then, DeNaro has taken a larger role in researching and writing grant applications, buying new equipment for firefighters and overseeing renovations and repairs to fire stations.
DeNaro was hired as Haverhill’s police chief in 2002 by then-Mayor John Guerin Jr. He headed the Central Falls, R.I., police before coming to Haverhill. Prior to that, he spent 21 years in the Oakland Park department, rising to the post of division commander of professional standards, community relations and criminal investigations.