Jim Leydon

Communications Director

Office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno


March 19, 2014 –Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will appoint John Barbieri as the next Springfield Police Commissioner. Mayor Sarno decided to initiate a search process and to make the announcement in advance of current Police Commissioner William Fitchet’s planned retirement in June of 2014 in order to have a smooth transition. 

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated: “Commissioner John Barbieri is a progressive and innovative leader who has the command and respect of the department. More importantly he understands and respects the mosaic and fabric of the people of Springfield.” Mayor Sarno further stated: “I have worked very closely with Commissioner Barbieri; whether it’s been in dealing with combating urban crime or natural and/or man-made disasters. His command presence is more than evident but more importantly his empathy to understand the good and the bad of the human spirit has led him to diffuse situations in a mutually less confrontational way.” 

“I would like to thank Deputies Cochrane and McFarlin for their interest and continued brave and dedicated efforts. The interview process bore out the talent that we have right here at home” stated Mayor Domenic J. Sarno

Commenting on the appointment, Commissioner John Barbieri stated: “I am humbled and honored to have Mayor Sarno’s confidence. I am excited for the opportunity to implement a public safety plan that reflects the Mayor’s vision for the City of Springfield. I look forward to working with some of the best officers in the country as well as the residents, businesses and clergy of our great city.’

Mayor Sarno also stated: “His power point presentation and responses to the intense grilling by the interview panel and I was handled very professionally, succinctly with specifics and was direct. Key to his presentation was his emphasis on; collaboration and relationship building, training, education of both the department and the public, quality assurance customer service relations and C-3 community policing initiative in cooperation with our MA State Police” Mayor Sarno went on to state: “Commissioner Barbieri’s vision and time-lines for more pro-active patrols and real time crime response demonstrated his level of expertise in furthering our fight against urban crime. He is looking forward to meeting with neighborhood groups, businesses, local, state and federal law enforcement as well as clergy groups to listen to their concerns and to continue to build on relationships. Within the next few weeks Commissioner Barbieri will be making an open to the public formal presentation.”

Commissioner John Barbieri joined the Springfield Police Department in 1988 after graduating first in his academy class. He was appointed Deputy Chief in May of 2009. His duties and  assignments in this capacity included: administrative supervision of Sectors A,B,C,D and G; the entire Uniformed Division; the Records Bureau, the academy and the Street Crimes Unit, as well as oversight of Shannon Grant anti-gang police deployments and the expenditure of granted funds.

Commissioner Barbieri holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England University. He is a graduate of the Springfield Technical High School, Springfield Technical Community College and Ana Maria College. In addition to his formal schooling he has had specialized training in: Weapons of Mass Destruction; Firearms Instructor; as well as F.B.I. courses in: crimes scene investigation; fingerprint identification, tactical response and entry team training; firearms and narcotics interdiction.

Police Commissioner John Barbieri is a resident of Springfield.  

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