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Springfield's new police commissioners sworn in

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Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri was officially sworn in at City Hall Thursday morning. Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri was officially sworn in at City Hall Thursday morning.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Springfield's new police commissioner was sworn in at City Hall Thursday morning.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno named Deputy Chief John Barbieri as the next Springfield Police Commissioner in March. Sarno considered just three deputy chiefs for the position.

Former Police Commissioner William Fitchet retired May 31. He was with the department for nearly 40 years and was acting commissioner until he was sworn in as full-time in 2008.

There were three candidates in the running to be the next police commissioner. Sarno said he has a "five-point plan" with time lines, and there will be a public presentation of their plan in the near future.

Barbieri joined the Springfield Police Department in 1988 after graduating first in his academy class. He was appointed deputy chief in May of 2009 and holds a master's degree in criminal justice from Western New England University.

Barbieri is a resident of Springfield.

CBS 3 Springfield's Julie Leonardi attended the ceremony and will bring you a full story First at 4.

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