Interim Police Chief

Immediate Release

Tuesday September 3, 2013

Mayor Lantigua issued an executive order today indicating that Captain James Fitzpatrick will assume the role of Chief of Police effective at 1700 hours Tuesday September 3, 2013.  At that time, Chief John Romero will relinquish all powers and duties of the position to Captain James Fitzpatrick. 

“With Chief Romero’s retirement, we have a large void to fill in this department and I am working diligently to select a person that I feel is best for the Lawrence Police Department and the Citizens of Lawrence,” stated Mayor William Lantigua.  “Captain Fitzpatrick is a trusted and worthy member of our department and I feel confident that until I make my final decision he will serve our City well”, further stated Lantigua. 

Captain Fitzpatrick is a 20 year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department and currently serves as the Prosecuting Officer. 

 “Over the past two months I have focused tirelessly on this selection process and I am energized with the caliber of law enforcement professionals that have expressed interest in being our next Police Chief.  I thank all of them and appreciate their patience as I continue with my decision making process,” emphasized Lantigua. 

Prior to today’s announcement, Mayor Lantigua presented Chief Romero with a “key to the city” in a small ceremony in his office.

Chief Romero is retiring from the Lawrence Police Department after a successful 43 year career in law enforcement. 

Mayor Lantigua expects to appoint a Police Chief within the next 30 days.