Cranston mayor announces selection for new police chief following ticketing scandal

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CRANSTON, Rhode Island — Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has named the officer who is second in command of the Rhode Island State Police as his choice for police chief, to fill an opening created by the retirement of the former chief amid a ticket-writing scandal.

Fung announced Thursday he had selected Lt. Col. Michael J. Winquist, a 24-year veteran of the force.

The City Council must approve the nomination.

The department has had an acting chief since January. Ex-Chief Marco Palombo Jr. first was placed on leave, then retired, amid a ticket-writing scandal. Officers allegedly targeted cars in the districts of two city councilors who had voted against a police contract.

Fung, who is running for the GOP nomination for governor, has been criticized for his handling of the situation by opponent Ken Block.

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