Cranston changing civil service rule to clarify that mayor can hire outside police chief

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CRANSTON, Rhode Island — Cranston's City Council has voted to change a civil service rule to make it easier for the mayor to hire a police chief from outside the city's police department.

The Providence Journal reports ( ) the council voted 7-1 on Monday to change the rule that requires someone to serve as a police captain for three years before being promoted to chief.

The new rule removes the reference to promotion, and says a candidate for chief needs at least three years as a municipal police captain or comparable credentials.

Six candidates have applied to become the city's next chief, and none of them are currently members of the police department.

Chief Marco Palombo Jr. retired in March amid allegations that officers were using political motives to target cars for parking tickets.

Information from: The Providence Journal,

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