It’s Official… Lawrence Police Take Vote of NO CONFIDENCE in Mayor Rivera

RIVERA-MADWith shootings and violence on the rise in Lawrence, and a slew of state and federal agencies in the city trying to manage the spike in gang and drug activity, the Lawrence Patrolman’s Union took a vote of “no confidence” in Mayor Dan Rivera Friday. 

The vote against Rivera was 50 -26 with 24 officers not voting. 

Rivera is running for reelection for a second, four year term as mayor after defeating then mayor Willlie Lantigua in 2013. The preliminary election is this coming Tuesday. 

Rivera has angered police with what some call his “arrogance and micromanaging” of the department, but his refusal to even negotiate a contract for the Lawrence Patrolmen in the last three years seems to be the last straw.

“But that isn’t the only force driving this,” one patrolman told The Valley Patriot asking not to be identified for fear of retaliation.

“When he stood in front of the station and threw us all under the bus after the beheading last year, saying that we needed inside agencies to investigate how we handled the case, that was it for me and a lot of guys here,” another patrolman said frustrated.

“Our guys worked really hard on that case, and we had an arrest nearly 24 hours after it happened. But, the mayor never passes up an opportunity to play politics and pandered to the critics. That’s not leadership. He had intimate knowledge of the work we did, and he still threw us all under the bus in front of all the cameras and the press, conveying to the public that we didn’t do our jobs. Well we did.” 

Still, sources in the department say there may be a chance for a re-vote as the animosity between Mayor Rivera and the patrolmen seems to be worse now than it was when Mayor Lantigua was in office. 

“At least with Lantigua we know were we stood,” one officer said after the vote.

“With this guy we have no clue. He refuses to give the public information about all the good things happening here in the department and he only seems to want to criticize and micromanage what we do. We don’t try to micromanage the mayor’s office, it would be nice if he didn’t tell us how to be police officers.” 


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Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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3 Responses to It’s Official… Lawrence Police Take Vote of NO CONFIDENCE in Mayor Rivera

  1. italianman Reply

    September 23, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    non one can fix Lawrence its not the mayor its crooked cops Hispanic troulbe

  2. Dre Reply

    September 23, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    I’m not going to dispute that Lawrence is trash and cops suck balls period, it has nothing to do with being Hispanic. Some individuals are just plain idiots(Italian man),U make yourself sound like an ignorant child! No Man would use that kind of vocabulary period.

  3. Gracemarie Tomaselli and Joyce Tomaselli Reply

    September 24, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Thanks to Tom Duggan of The Valley Patriot, we have proof that Mayor Rivera is DECEPTIVE and LIED to the people! RIVERA TRICKED THE PEOPLE BY PLANTING A POLICE VAN WITH NO POLICE IN IT TO MAKE IT APPEAR THERE WAS PROTECTION!!! We support the Lawrence Police.

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