PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Mayor Jorge Elorza is leaving office after eight years, wrapping up two terms leading the capital city that have been marked by a pandemic, crisis in education and ongoing pension problem.

Perhaps nothing loomed larger over Elorza’s second term than the state takeover of the Providence public school system.

Elorza contends he didn’t lose control of the schools — he gave them away. But now, extremely critical of the way the turnaround has gone, does the mayor regret anything?

In the above episode of Pulse of Providence, hear what the outgoing mayor has to say about the city schools, his signature achievements and unfinished businesses as he prepares to hand the keys to City Hall over to Mayor-elect Brett Smiley in January.

Steph Machado ( is a Target 12 investigative reporter covering Providence, politics and more for 12 News. Connect with her on Twitter and on Facebook.

Pulse of Providence: Col. Oscar Perez is the city's new police chief Pulse of Providence

When he came to the U.S. from Colombia shortly before turning 13, Oscar Perez had a lot to learn — from a new language to getting used to snowy winters.He's now the Providence police chief, rising to the top job after nearly 30 years on the force. He became a dad his first year on the job, and has worked in a variety of bureaus from narcotics to community policing, all while being promoted from patrolman all the way up to colonel.He's fired his service weapon on duty on two occasions, including the deadly highway shooting on I-95 in 2017, when both Providence officers and State Police troopers fired at a suspect, who died. (The shooting was later deemed justified by a grand jury.)Perez becomes chief at a time when recruitment is down, and conversations about policing are changing around the country.In this episode of Pulse of Providence, Perez tells his personal story of growing up in South Providence, his experience on the force thus far and his plans for the department.
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  2. Pulse of Providence: 195 Commission chair Marc Crisafulli
  3. Mayor Elorza: The Exit Interview
  4. Pulse of Providence: City Councilor Rachel Miller wants to be the next council president
  5. Brett Smiley says he's 'ready on day one' to be mayor