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The North Providence Breeze 11-20-2019

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12 NORTH PROVIDENCE NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION You can call The North Providence Breeze at 401-334-9555. Our fax is 334-9994. BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE Author JILL AUSTIN reads from one of her latest books, "Every Pumpkin Wants to be a Jack-o-Lantern," at the Stephen Olney School on Oct. 29. Local Eats 805 CHARLES STREET, PROVIDENCE 401-861-7955 NOW SERVING Our Famous Meatballs, Sausages & Peppers, Pasta Salad, Tortellini Salad, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Barbecue Wings, Chicken Wings, American Chop Suey, Pulled Pork, Lasagna Homemade Chicken Soup, Italian Wedding Soup, Veal & Peas PREPARED FOODS! The Best Italian Bread and Rolls in Town! FULL CATERING MENU! 1526 Smith Street, North Providence 401-353-1416 www.tomskitchenri.com OPEN 7 DAYS - 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Pizza, Burgers and more . . . WE DELIVER B U Y O N E L A R G E T W O O R M O R E T O P P I N G P I Z Z A A N D G E T S i d e S a l a d , G a r l i c B r e a d & 2 L t . 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Noon-8 p.m. Fri., nov. 22 neil & the Vipers sat., nov. 23 80's Dance Party Fri., nov. 29 the White shadows sat., nov. 30 exit 17 now Hiring Apply Within Join us Wednesday, November 27 th Thanksgiving Eve . . . tHe sIlKs ing Monday morning. "Holding the rank of colonel and serving as police chief over the past several years has been an incredibly rewarding experience affording me the opportunity to complete a 25-plus year law enforcement career on a state and municipal level," said the outgoing chief. Tikoian said he fulfilled his promise to Lombardi to help make the department a unit the town can be more proud of, and is leaving with the understanding that Martins, formerly of the Pawtucket Police Department, will be made the new chief upon his official retirement Jan. 1. "I wanted a seamless transition of leadership," he said, noting how Martins has a similar leader- ship style. "I couldn't ask for a more competent, respected, and professional leader in law enforcement," he said. The last piece of the puzzle in improving the department was winning accreditation, said the chief, and officials were notified this week that they've secured that designation. Tikoian said he's leaving North Providence with a great sense of satisfaction. He told Lombardi back in July of 2017 that he didn't intend to make a career out of his time in North Providence, but wanted to help "right the ship" after a series of issues. After telling Lombardi he'd stay for two to five years, he stayed for nearly 2.5 years, he said. The departing chief says he still has some vaca- tion time to use up, as he doesn't want any type of check or payment on his way out. As for his remaining sick days, he said he's giving them back to the town and they can be used by an employee who needs them. He also is leaving without a pen- sion from the town. "I didn't come here for that. I came here to make the department better," he said. "I told the mayor that I wanted to get the department back on solid footing, that its reputation would be enhanced within law enforcement circles, and I can say without question that has happened." Tikoian said he hopes to be remembered as "the transformational leader that the department needed." "I'm very proud of the accomplishments we've made," he told The Breeze, and he's confident the progress will continue under Martins. Lombardi said he attended Monday's depart- ment announcement to inform the sworn mem- bers that Martins will be the new chief, a move to make sure there are no unknowns going forward. "The chief has done a great job. He's accom- plished quite a bit since he's been here, and defi- nitely changed the atmosphere and perception at our Police Department," he said. Tikoian did exactly what he set out to do, said Lombardi. "I wish him the best and good health," he said. Tikoian, a Smithfield resident, thanked Lombardi for making him the first Armenian- American police chief in Rhode Island, similarly to how he previously became the first Armenian- American member of the command staff with the State Police. In addition to construction of a new safety com- plex on time and within budget, Tikoian listed a number of other accomplishments during his short time with the department, including: • An increased officer presence and abundant outreach engagement initiatives in the commu- nity; • More resource officers assigned to schools; • Instilling a professional and respectful culture of decorum in the department; • Cultivation of positive relationships with non- profits and social service agencies; • Creation and implementation of prudent administrative and operational policies; • Promoting the value of volunteerism in the community; • Publication of a revived annual report; • And fostering an outlook of transparency with the public and media. 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