SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield has a new city council president. Orlando Ramos was sworn-into office during a ceremony at City Hall Monday morning. Ramos, who represents Springfield’s Ward 8 on the council, had previously served as the council’s vice president before being elected to the top spot two weeks ago.
In an interview with 22News last week, Ramos said that public safety will be his top priority. He said that he favors bringing police body cameras to Springfield. He was also among the councilors who support a return to a civilian police commission and civil service chief; overriding a veto of the plan from Mayor Domenic Sarno.
Ramos reiterated his commitment to police-community relations on Monday.
“My top priority is to do whatever we can on the Springfield City Council to help improve the relationship with the Springfield Police Department. They are sworn in to serve and protect our community, and we have to make sure that we have their trust and that the communities trust,” said Springfield City Council President Orlando Ramos.
In ascending to the council presidency, Ramos replaces Michael Fenton, who will continue serving as a member of the council, representing Ward 2. Ramos is only the second Latino city council president in the history of Springfield.
Councilor-at-Large Justin Hurst was chosen as the city council’s vice president, he has similar goals as Councilor Ramos.
“The biggest issue is the police commission, and I think it’s important that we work together as a body to ensure that the police department actually implements the police commission,” Hurst said.
During Monday’s ceremony, Ramos was sworn-in by State Senator Jim Welch (D-West Springfield). Ramos is employed as Welch’s district director.