Officials explain what they’re looking for in deputy police chief

Officials explain what they’re looking for in deputy police chief

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The search is on for the town’s new deputy chief of police, to serve under newly promoted Chief Arthur Martins following the retirement of Chief David Tikoian.

The deadline for applications is this Friday, Feb. 28, and Martins and Mayor Charles Lombardi will then sit for interviews with each of the applicants. Both said they see the decision as one they’ll share.

Martins, the town’s former deputy chief, said he’s received applications from “a few intriguing candidates” both from the state and beyond its borders, but there’s still plenty of time for more names to enter the mix.

“It’s difficult to state right now where we are,” he said. “You could have Chief Bratton from New York City apply by Friday, so who knows.”

Lombardi said it’s mostly Martins who will be making the decision on his second in command, but “I’ll be involved in the interviews” the same way as when Lombardi and Tikoian hired Martins.

“It’s someone he needs to work with,” said the mayor, adding that he doesn’t intend to micromanage.

“I’m looking for a disciplinarian, someone who’s going to make sure everyone keeps their shoes shined,” said Lombardi. “I’m big on that.”

A deputy chief will help Martins carry out the duties of the department, said Lombardi

“It’s difficult for one person to make sure everyone’s doing exactly what they should be doing,” he said.

He said he was more than happy with the job Martins and Tikoian did leading the North Providence Police Department together, but the department may have been a bit short on discipline at times.

“There have been a couple of issues, and this person will be working hand in hand with the chief to make sure they’re addressed,” he said.

Martins said skills in disciplinary actions are important, but it’s not the sole criteria. He said he’s looking for a well-rounded person with experience in many areas, including discipline, management, policy and accreditation. The ideal candidate will have a community policing background and have a wealth of experience in all facets of department work, he said, from investigations to patrol to community issues.

Martins said resumes will help officials narrow the field to the best possible candidates.

A job description states that the next deputy chief will be responsible for the supervision and control of all department members, as well as for the enforcement of rules and regulations and all laws within the town’s legal jurisdiction. The deputy chief also assumes the powers of the chief in his absence.


The Mayor will make the final selection and that is part of his micro managing process. Unfortunately it always has and always will be. Best of luck to whoever the Mayor selects.