Springfield’s City Council has a new leader. Orlando Ramos was elected and sworn in Monday to a one-year term as Council President. He won a unanimous vote by his fellow councilors. In his acceptance speech, Ramos said his number one priority is to improve police-community relations.
“We must continue to build on the progress we made just this past year when we authored, approved and overrode a veto to restore a civilian police commission,” Ramos said.
That commission would have the authority to hire and fire police officers. It won’t be put in place until 2019, after the current police commissioner’s contract expires. The move to re-establish the commission has put the city council at odds with Mayor Domenic Sarno, who has called the measure “invalid.”