Mass held to honor retiring Springfield Police Commissioner

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s an influx of new leadership in the Springfield Police Department. Police Commissioner William Fitchet is retiring.

On Sunday night, a Mass of Thanksgiving was held at the Holy Name Parish on Dickinson Street to honor the man who served the city for 41 years.

Fitchet told 22News what’s on his mind leading up to his retirement.

“I love the city of Springfield. I’m very honored to have come up through the ranks and to have led the fine men and women of the police department. They put their lives on the line every day. It’s just a combination of a career I’m very satisfied with,” said Fitchet.

Taking over for Fitchet is Deputy Chief John Barbieri.

Fitchet told 22News he’s proud of many things during his career, including the honor guard, and a noise ordinance force to help improve quality of life in the city.

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