New Springdale police chief sworn in
Its long wait over, Springdale has a new police chief. Julio F. Medeiros III was sworn in on Thursday afternoon by District Judge David J. Sosovicka.
Medeiros has been chief of small departments in South Dakota and Nebraska for 3½ years and spent 22 years as an officer and sergeant at the Smithfield, R.I. police department.
Medeiros, 47, was hired by the borough on May 15, but he needed time to receive state certification and to take part in ongoing court proceedings.
He is named in a federal civil lawsuit in South Dakota, where two current prisoners allege two officers and Medeiros violated their civil rights, and he's a witness in a Nebraska criminal case that been delayed for two years but is scheduled for trial next month.Medeiros has signed a five-year contract that pays $78,000 in the first year to lead the Springdale department that ordinarily fields two full-time and numerous part-time officers.
Medeiros said he's aware that one of those full-time officers has apparently resigned following accusations of sexual misconduct while on duty.
Goals: stability, professionalism
Medeiros' most recent department in Winner, S.D., is nationally accredited, and he says he wants those standards in place in Springdale.
Medeiros said he wants to establish stability and emphasize professional law enforcement.
After earning undergraduate degrees in law enforcement and psychology, he earned a graduate degree in the administration of justice, all from Salve Regina University, a small Catholic university in Newport, R.I.
The new chief has earned graduate credits from the Harvard University Extension School, Northwestern University and other universities.
He teaches for the National Institute of Ethics.
On Saturday morning, he is scheduled to teach a four-hour class on law enforcement ethics and career survival for officers and council members from Springdale and two other nearby communities.Medeiros' wife is a school counselor. He has two stepchildren.
He's a former Eagle Scout who has family in Crawford County, and he has visited frequently to hunt and fish in the state.
An archery hunter, he is a scorer for the Boone and Crockett Club.
Medeiros said he learned of the Springdale job opening when he assisted in a case in April in which a Clarion County man was found in South Dakota with a 13-year-old Pennsylvania girl with whom he allegedly was having sex.
A Rhode Island native, Medeiros says he has been a Steelers fan since the days of The Immaculate Reception.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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