The City of Rome has a new Public Safety Commissioner.

Michael Grande, a recently retired investigator for the State Police, will begin working part time for the city, starting around April 1st. His retirement from the State Police is effective March 31.

Grande has been a member of law enforcement since 1981, and worked in several capacities, including as an investigator for the State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Major Crimes Unit.

Mayor Joe Fusco says Grande, whose great uncle, Joseph Grande, served as Rome's Police Chief during from 1974 until 1987, is a "huge asset" to the city and "brings a wealth of experience."

He will received $25,000 for his work, without benefits. The money was budgeted into this year's finances and will be paid for out of the salaries and wages code of the public safety budget.