Former Revere police chief, Joseph Cafarelli. (File Photo)
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Revere police chief dismissal issue still brewing

REVERE -- Mayor Brian Arrigo opted against renewing the former police chief Joseph Cafarelli’s contract earlier this year and it’s clear tension remains on both sides.

Cafarelli’s contract expired June 30 -- the mayor cited a difference of philosophy as the reason for not renewing it. In June, Arrigo said it was clear that his philosophy -- to make sure leadership in the department was building trust in the community, and was focused on creating a culture of accountability and community policing -- was a little bit different from the former chief.

Arrigo appointed James Guido, a former captain and executive officer of the department, as the interim police chief, which was effective on July 1. The mayor is pushing to amend a city ordinance, which restricts the …

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