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Public has two meetings to discuss new Stamford police chief

January 24, 2019

STAMFORD-With a national search beginning for a new top cop to replace Stamford’s outgoing Chief Jon Fontneau, an advisory committee of community leaders charged with finding the new chief are set to hold two public forums.

The first to discuss what the public would like to see in their new chief will be held at the Yerwood Center on Jan. 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the second at the Harry Bennett Branch at the Ferguson Library on Vine Road from 7 p.m to 8 p.m. on the same day.

The committee will work in cooperation wtih the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit Washington D.C. based orginization that offers to police departments technical assitance, executive level education and executive searches to identify the most skilled professionals in the field.

The forums will allow members of the Police Executive Research Forum and the adisory committe to meet and also also allow the public to voice their opinons on what they are looking for in a police chief for the city of Stamford.

“As a committee, our objective is to solicit the best candidates possible, both internally and externally. With the many challenges in law enforcement and the many changes occurring within the department and throughout the City, it is incumbent on this committee to perform a thorough search for the best candidate to lead the Stamford Police Department into the future,” said Timothy Abbazia, the Chair of the Mayors Advisory Committee. “I am encouraging all residents and members of our clergy and community groups to participate in this process. It is important for everyone to have their voice heard and share their thoughts on what characteristics they believe to be essential for Stamford’s Police Chief.”

At the beginning of the month, Fontneau, who has led the police department since 2012, announced his retirement effective early May.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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