Captain Haugh to be Sworn in as Deputy Police Chief Today

Haverhill Police Captains Anthony Haugh and Robert P. Pistone and Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro in March.

A Haverhill police captain is picked to become the city’s next deputy police chief.

Mayor James J. Fiorentini was expected to swear in Captain Anthony L. Haugh as deputy police chief at a 10:30 a.m., Friday, ceremony in Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. City Council Chambers at Haverhill City Hall.

WHAV reported Oct. 6 finalists for the post were said to be, in alphabetical order, Captains Haugh, Kim J. Parolisi and Robert P. Pistone. Haugh will succeed retired Deputy Police Chief Donald Thompson.

Haugh and Pistone are said to have been closely and highly ranked in a civil service examination. As lieutenants, both were each elevated to the rank of acting captain in a city hall swearing-in ceremony in March. At about the same time, at Fiorentini’s request, Haverhill city councilors voted unanimously to ask the legislature to remove the position of deputy police chief from civil service.

Civil service protection was designed to take politics out of the appointment process. The petition, since approved by the legislature, gives current and future mayors sole authority to name anyone to non-civil service positions and determine contract terms, including length of service.

Haugh is overseeing Katherine “Katie” Ryan, outreach social worker, who is accompanying police on drug overdose responses. Ryan was hired two weeks ago as part of a $98,446 federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, administered by the state.