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Merrimack Valley

April 12, 2014


Rivera on the fast-track to remaking Lawrence


Rivera directed a reporter out of the room, but afterwards said that along with hiring the eight additional cops, he’ll be putting more unmarked cars on the street. He also described the instructions he gave the three top cops.

“My message to everybody, including them, is, ‘Don’t tell me we don’t have enough resources. I know that. The question is, what are we doing to be smarter, to be better at this?’

Fitzpatrick, who has said he will apply for a full time appointment to the chief’s job when Rivera posts it, credited the new mayor with improving relations between headquarters and City Hall.

“It’s definitely for the better,” he said in an interview earlier this week. “There’s more open communication. We have weekly department-head meetings. There’s more accountability by the departments. He’s streamlining processes. There’s more open-mindedness.”

As Fitzpatrick, McNamara and Pierce depart Rivera’s office, four lawyers who have been waiting outside enter to discuss a legal issue that Rivera won’t describe. Before waving them in, Rivera expands a bit on what he told the technical school students about why he ran for the City Council, where he served for four years, and then for mayor.

“It’s very personal, this work,” he said. “But I don’t take this stuff home with me, so I sleep like a baby. But I don’t want anyone to forget what’s at stake – the lives and property of 77,000 residents.”




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