Arciero’s appointment marks the end of a six-month search, following the March resignation of John Murphy after three months on the job.
Deputy Chief Don Hull, the favored candidate of town residents, served as acting chief throughout the search.
The police chief selection process caused an uproar within the town, as many residents felt Hull should be appointed without a selection process. Residents successfully petitioned for a special town meeting in June, during which many people voiced opinions in favor of Hull.
The process consisted of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) providing the Board of Selectmen with a list of which applicants they deemed possibly acceptable, and the board brought eight candidates to a community panel made of eight people representing various sectors of the town. The community panel ranked the applicants and provided their opinions to a technical panel provided by the CPCA. The technical panel provided the board with six finalists, all of whom the board interviewed in mid-August.
Selectman Bruce Lockwood opposed Arciero’s appointment.
“I’m going to be voting no,” he said. “The citizens of this town … made it clear to us what direction they wanted us to go in. I think this action tonight is in opposition to that.”
First Selectman Dick Barlow said he thought Arciero was the best choice, saying that he was the only candidate the community panel and technical panel both ranked as highly recommended.
“Upon review and the process, certainly Mr. Arciero has outstanding credentials … I consider him an outstanding candidate,” he said.
Arciero, a resident of Simsbury, has been with the state police since 1982, including positions as patrol trooper, instructor, lieutenant, major, and lieutenant colonel.
Arciero was approved by a vote of four to one, with Lockwood voting against.
Arciero will officially take the position effective Sept. 20.
Category: The New Chief