“We’re really going to miss him. I hope the next chief will continue to work with the neighborhood groups as much as Chief Romero has,” she said.
Susan Rios, 45, treasurer of the neighborhood group and a third generation Lawrencian, said she will long remember Romero for having the knack for putting residents at ease by his frank, pleasant and easy-going manner with common people.
“He makes you not feel afraid of the police,” Rios said.
“If you need help, you are not afraid to ask for it. He’s been great at our neighborhood associations. People can ask him for anything. He’s been wonderful,” she said.
Tanya Ray, 36, moved here from Lowell shortly before the chief’s arrival.
The Sacred Hearts Neighborhood Association secretary said she was impressed with his “open-mindedness” and his patience in listening to residents as they talk of their fears and concerns about crime.
“He makes people feel like their concerns aren’t overlooked, whether it’s a big or small concern,” Ray said.
“The chief has done so much in dealing with people’s issues and concerns. It’s going to be tough to replace him,” she said.
It was a special night for the resident of the Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association, who used their block party to help celebrate the group’s 60th year of existence in the city — the longest of any city neighborhood group, according to the association’s president Susan Laplante.
“Tonight was National Night Out — a special night for a show of force to tell criminals to ‘stay away’ because we don’t put up with any criminal activity,” Laplante said.
“The chief has been a great asset to the city and a great asset to this neighborhood. We’re going to miss him dearly. He’s the most responsible individual we could have as chief,” she said.