Capt. Gregory Tomlin named acting police chief
STAMFORD — Mayor David Martin is appointing the the police department’s longest serving officer, Capt. Gregory Tomlin, as acting chief while the search for a permanent chief continues.
Tomlin, 72, who commands the 911 dispatch center, has been serving in the department since November 1971. He was promoted to captain in 1982.
Outgoing Chief Jon Fontneau, 63, whose final day on the job is Friday, applauded the choice.
“Capt. Tomlin has always been a true leader and fair person, who has distinguished himself throughout his career and this is an excellent opportunity for him to take over the position of acting chief,” Fontneau said.
The two current assistant chiefs, Tom Wuennemann and James Matheny, are both in the running to become permanent chief of the 280-officer department. A cross-country search for someone to fill the top job in the department has been going on since January.
It does not appear that Tomlin will be in the chief’s office for long. He is scheduled to retire on June 28.
Fontneau, who was known as an up-from-the-streets chief, has served in Stamford for 38 years and took over the department from then-Chief Robert Nivakoff in October 2012.
Fontneau said being chief was not a job, but a calling.
Upon announcing his retirement at the beginning of the year, Fontneau said, “I have good health and it is a good time to enjoy my family. I have had a wonderful career.”
He remarked that his father, an educator in Stamford, had a framed saying that he brought to his own office at 805 Bedford St. that read: “To give dignity to a man is above all things.”