The chairman of the Providence, R.I., City Council Finance Committee, John Igliozzi, wants to cut Police Chief Dean Esserman's salary and benefits, reports the Providence Journal. Igliozzi says Esserman should not be paid more than his new boss, Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare. A $150,000 salary is proposed for Pare; Esserman is paid $168,000.
The chief took over a department that was marred with scandal. Esserman has been praised for cleaning up the department, and major crime has decreased steadily.