Promotions in recent months at the Suffield Police Department left some gaps in the department’s management structure, and one key position has now been filled by a newly hired captain. Christopher McFee comes to Suffield with great credentials, including his recent service in the Windsor Police Department. He resides in a nearby town.
In addition, two new probationary officers have been processed through the hiring routine and are scheduled to start their training at the Connecticut Police Academy in early October. The selection process involved 21 candidates interviewed in the first stage, narrowed down to three who were vetted with background checks, from which two were selected by the Police Commission. The two chosen were from Wolcott and Meriden.
At their August 24 meeting, the Police Commission had accepted the resignation of Officer Timothy Kelly and the retirement of Dispatcher Patricia Bergdahl; both departures took place in good standing. Deputy Chief Richard Brown commented that the department was at that time (August 24) down two patrol officers, and with the pending retirement of Officer John Chevalier and a fourth officer still needed to cover the narcotics investigator’s position, four officers would be needed in the near future. Two of those positions have now been filled.