Town seeking new deputy chief of police

Town seeking new deputy chief of police

NORTH PROVIDENCE – New Police Chief David Tikoian is now seeking qualified applicants to serve under him in his department’s second highest post.

The town, according to a posted job description, is seeking a deputy chief of police to take command of operational and administrative activities of the department, under Tikoian’s direction.

The position requires thorough knowledge of policies, regulations, and laws related to law enforcement administration, as well as the ability to assign, direct and supervise the work of officers and civilian staff, the ability to analyze complex police problems, and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action.

Resumes must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 15, to Mayor Charles Lombardi, the town’s public safety director, at North Providence Town Hall, 2000 Smith St.

Tikoian said this week that he looks forward to seeing the applications and meeting with the mayor about who should help lead the department. Lombardi has said he’s hoping to potentially hire one of Tikoian’s former colleagues at the Rhode Island State Police.

The position comes at a salary of $86,552, plus an “excellent benefit package.”

A bachelor’s degree is required, and a master’s degree is preferred. The town is seeking someone with extensive experience in police administration, including a minimum of five years of command staff experience at a rank of captain or above.

The Breeze reported two weeks ago that town and police leaders had reached a deal with the North Providence Fraternal Order of Police No. 13 to raise pay for overtime work details from $41 an hour to $47.25 an hour in exchange for the position of deputy chief being removed from the union. By removing the position, Tikoian gains the ability to hire someone from outside the department for the job. He previously told The Breeze he hadn’t found anyone in the department to be suitable for the job.

After the deputy chief position is filled, Tikoian says he’ll get to work filling other vacant leadership roles.

Tikoian has been getting interim help from two State Police officials since Oct. 13, when former acting Deputy Chief Charles Davey abruptly retired. Davey had been expected to stay on the job until next February. Former acting Chief Chris Pelagio had resigned following a troubled tenure two months earlier, prompting Lombardi to hire Tikoian as his replacement.

The North Providence Police Department is also accepting applications to develop a list of eligible candidates for future employment as probationary police officers. Tikoian has said he wants to have an adequate list of potential new officers when openings become available over the next few months.

Application cards may be obtained at the North Providence Police Department, 1967 Mineral Spring Ave., or online at, and must be returned no later than 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21.