Providence council approves changes needed to hire for contested police community relations job

THE PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL on Thursday voted to change its fiscal 2021 budget to pave the way for hiring a new Providence Police Department administrator of community relations and diversion services, ending a months-long conflict with the mayor's administration over the choice. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM
PROVIDENCE – City lawmakers appear to have settled their beef over a new community relations role in the Providence Police Department, with the City Council Thursday giving its blessing on budget changes for the job. The council’s 12-0 vote effectively ends a months-long conflict that began when Mayor Jorge O. Elorza named City Recreation Director…

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