Conflicting viewpoints, lack of documents create new questions in Michael Stephens’ hiring

THE PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL Finance Committee on Tuesday heard from members of the hiring committee for the Providence Police Department community relations role amid allegations that the process was rigged. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM
PROVIDENCE – Two very different pictures of the hiring process for the new Providence Police community relations leader were painted on Tuesday night as those involved recounted their sides of the story before the Providence City Council Finance Committee. Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré vehemently defended the process and the pick of city recreation…

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