- Associated Press - Sunday, August 20, 2017

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - North Providence’s new police chief will be sworn in this week.

Mayor Charles Lombardi named retired State Police Maj. David Tikoian as the new chief earlier this month. WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2vfl35m ) that the ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at North Providence High School.

The acting chief in North Providence, Christopher Pelagio, was suspended with pay in July after he was reportedly in an altercation with a police officer from Cranston. Lombardi has not said whether the altercation played a role in his suspension.

Lombardi has said Tikoian is the “perfect fit” for the job. The 49-year-old served in the state police for 23 years before retiring in 2015. He then worked at the Providence Water Supply Board.

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This story has been corrected to show that Pelagio was suspended in July, not two weeks ago.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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