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Acting Chief Named Hartford’s Permanent Police Chief

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Acting Hartford Police Chief James Rovella is named as the mayor's selection to become the next regular police chief.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Acting Hartford Police Chief James Rovella is named as the mayor’s selection to become the next regular police chief. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra  has chosen Acting Chief James Rovella to be Hartford’s next regular police chief.

Rovella was not  one of three finalists  in the city’s selection process,  a search which cost about $50,000.

The acting chief said he did not  want to be part of that process, because it could have presented a conflict of interest, while he made decisions as acting chief.

Rovella,  the former head of the city’s Shooting Task Force,  said he was “absolutely humbled” at the move ,  and praised the members of the police force as the city’s greatest asset in the fight against crime.

He says he will seek to round up the relatively small number of criminals responsible for most of the city’s violent crime.

Under the city charter, the appointment of a police chief must be confirmed by the city council.

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