NEWPORT CITY – Monday the Newport City Council named Newport Police Sergeant Seth DiSanto as the city’s new chief of police.
DiSanto was vying for the chief position against Joseph Alaimo of Methuen, MA. Alaimo retired from the Methuen, MA, Police Department as deputy chief and works for Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA.
DiSanto will replace longtime Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, who retires Aug. 1.
“It was very close,” said Mayor Paul Monette. “They’re both really qualified, but I think hiring local played a big part in the decision. It’s always good when you can promote within your department."
Council member Denis Chenette said that DiSanto has knowledge of the area and the way the department works.
“He said some good ideas that I really liked,” said council member Tim de la Bruere. “He was talking about certain things he wants to do.”
Council member Richard Baraw said that DiSanto gave a good impression of his professionalism and has adequate and varied experience.
DiSanto’s salary will be $55,000 yearly plus the regular benefit package that all city employees get, but he will not take advantage of the health insurance.
Duquette said DiSanto would be shadowing him.
The council also approved a request made by North Country Hospital to hang a banner in Railroad Square Aug. 1 to Aug 7 promoting Breastfeeding Week.