Providence council moves to fill contested police community relations job

Updated at 4 p.m., Friday, April 8

THE PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL is moving ahead with budget changes to finalize and fill a Providence Police Department community relations role, after Mayor Jorge O. Elorza's original pick, Michael Stephens, above, drew criticism for his lack of law enforcement experience. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE
THE PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL is moving ahead with budget changes to finalize and fill a Providence Police Department community relations role, after Mayor Jorge O. Elorza's original pick, Michael Stephens, above, drew criticism for his lack of law enforcement experience. / COURTESY CITY OF PROVIDENCE
PROVIDENCE – The stalemate between Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s office and the City Council over a controversial police appointment appears to have ended. Elorza’s original pick, city recreation director Michael Stephens, could still get the job despite his lack of policing experience. But it's unclear whether Stephens even wants the job, which has been mired…

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