The city of Holyoke will soon have a new top cop.
Tuesday morning, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse appointed Holyoke Police Capt. Manuel Febo as the department's new police chief.
Febo will replace Chief James Neiswanger, who will be retiring this summer.
“...Working under Chief Neiswanger for last seven years has shown me that you can balance your responsibilities to the citizens, city officials and the men and women of the police department. The real work in any police department is done by the men and women who respond to the emergency calls for service every day, As Chief of Police I will do my best to make sure the officers of the Holyoke Police Department have the resources, training, and tools necessary to continue the great job they do each and every day,” Febo said in a statement.
Febo, who currently serves as the department's field operations commander, is a 23 year veteran of Holyoke Police. He grew up in Holyoke and attended Holyoke Public Schools, graduating as a member of the Holyoke High Class of 1988.
Over his years with the department, Febo has also served in the patrol division, as well as a school resource officer and lieutenant shift commander.
Morse added, "While Manny’s experience in the department and his various assignments are impressive in their own right, it is who he is as a person that makes him the right person for the job. Manny is a stand up guy. He knows that policing is more than locking people up. He recognizes the power of positive personal interactions between officers and the public. He values people and their unique circumstances and realizes that the reward of being an officer isn’t making an arrest, but preventing an arrest."
Febo will be sworn-in as chief upon Neiswanger's retirement on July 20.
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