Lt. Shawn Boyne, commander of the Connecticut State Police Troop L barracks in Litchfield, was unanimously endorsed by the Town Council Monday night as the town’s new police chief.
Lt. Boyne, 46, who has been with the state police since 1987 and has commanded Troop L since August 2007, will assume the chief’s duties Oct. 15.
He succeeds retiring Chief Colin McCormack, a 29-year department veteran.
Lt. Boyne’s starting annual salary of $108,000 will increase over the course of his contract, which expires in October 2014.
“Thank you very much for this opportunity,” Lt. Boyne said as he stood before the council.
His appointment was met with a standing ovation.
Lt. Boyne was the candidate recommended by Mayor Patricia Murphy, who was praised for being diligent, persistent and “brutally thorough” in her selection.
Before a conference room of police officers and a few community members, Lt. Boyne accepted the job Mayor Murphy said he told her was the one “he always wanted.”
Mayor Murphy has said she believes Lt. Boyne is a visionary leader who will mentor younger officers, nurture the talent of veterans and respond to community concerns.
Department officers and union leaders were complimentary of Mayor Murphy’s choice, as was Personnel Director Alan Chapin.
In brief remarks to the council, Lt. Boyne said this is a position he has been grooming himself to do since the early 1990s.
He said he wants to identify the resources of the department and build upon them to do what the community needs and expects.
His appointment came after a short, closed-door session to discuss his contract.
In the hallway, Lt. Boyne mingled with the two members of his administrative command and some rank-and-file officers. He was greeted by several civic leaders, town officials and members of the press.
He said he sees this as an “opportunity for me, for the (department) and for the community.”
Lt. Boyne’s police career started in 1986 in Lee, Mass., in the police department where his father, John, served as chief. He was a finalist in May 2009 for a police job in Hamilton, Mass.
In the NMPD search, Lt. Boyne emerged as the top candidate of 57 applicants, who were eventually narrowed to three finalists.
“We recognize how much work goes into this process, and we have every confidence Lt. Boyne will be a fantastic chief and we look forward to his arrival,” said Sgt. Larry Ash, the union’s vice president.
Lt. Boyne has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice and recently graduated from the management school of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
Lt. James Duda, the most senior administrator in the department since June, said, “I look forward to working with, and for, him in the future.”
Source: Nanci G. Hutson, Newstimes.com
Category: The New Chief