[UPDATED] East Haven Police to Get New Interim Chief

Former Stamford Police Chief Brent Larrabee has been tapped by the town to take over running the embattled department, according to a Hartford Courant report.

Update at 3:50 p.m.

Mayor Maturo just released this public statement on reports that former Stamford Police Chief Brent Larrabee has been chosen as the new acting head of the East Haven Police:

Since Chief Gallo resigned on Friday, I have reached out to many people to discuss the future of the East Haven Police Department, including the possible appointment of an interim Chief. I fully understand the desire of the public in general and our citizens in particular to have information, especially with regard to our Police Department. I expect to have more to share early next week and will not be commenting further until that time.

Update at 2:10 p.m.

Mayor Maturo reportedly told The New Haven Register's that he has "been having fluid discussions" regarding choosing a new acting chief. And that he will not be "confirming or denying" reports about Larrabee.

The Register added however, that one law enforcement source said Larrabee could be sworn in as East Haven's chief as early as Tuesday, with the announcement likely coming on Monday.

Update at 1:40 p.m.

When contacted by East Haven Patch, a representative with the said Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr will not be commenting on the news regarding the appointment of a new acting chief at this time.

And that when the administration is ready to pass along a comment or more information to the press, they will let us know.

Original Story (1:08 p.m.)

The will soon have a new interm chief, according to a report just posted by the Hartford Courant.

According to Courant reporter Dave Altimar, former Stamford Police Chief Brent Larrabee has been tapped by the town to take over running the embattled department on an interim basis while it continues its search for a new permanent head.

East Haven Deputy Chief John Mannion has been running the department's day-to-day operations since Leonard Gallo , following of four East Haven Police officers for of Latino residents and others.

Larrabee served as Stamford's police chief from 2005 until 2010. He currently lives in Florida, according to The Courant.

Lance Coughlin February 09, 2012 at 07:10 AM
I simply asked a question but since you responded in a confrontational way I'll bet you a g note that my stats in 10 years out of this one horse town absolotuely crushed his numbers over his 29 years in a town 4X the size. I came in under Duke and served under his successor Criscuolo as well, two hometown boys that were the best chiefs anybody could have asked for. Maturo brought in an out of town clown chief the first time so I'm a little wary of his judgement, therefore I'm asking important questions. I witnessed guys that Gallo promoted never exit their car to foot chase a felon fleeing on foot right in front of them, and guys that stopped at stop lights when dispatched to major calls when citizens were in distress and faced eminent danger. Time on the job doesn't mean squat to me. Its how you did the job that counts. And by the way, have some nuts and post under your name.
Dan McCann February 09, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Don Charles February 09, 2012 at 01:34 PM
http://www.easthavenvine.blogspot.com/2012/02/east-haven-accuser-quiety-exits-stage.html If there is anyone out there who has not read this article, you should read it and read it now!!!!
Jack Stacey February 09, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Can someone explain why we're hiring an interim Chief of Police? We already have Ass't Chief Mannion, who I believe is fully capable of running the PD until a permanent chief is found. Chief Larabee can come in and do whatever and then when a permanent chief is named he may have a completely different attitude and style. During the last campaign we heard about having too many chiefs, I don't see a differnce. Jack Stacey
Dan McCann February 10, 2012 at 04:15 AM


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