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Police Chief Larrabee: "Obviously I Would Want to Be a Candidate'

East Haven's Interim Chief of Police says he intends to throw his hat in the ring among the other candidates hoping to be hired as the town's new permanent chief.

It appears that East Haven residents already have their first candidate hoping to become the town's new, permanent chief of police.

Interim Police Chief told East Haven Patch Friday that he is indeed interested in continuing on in his current role as the head of the on a more longterm basis.

Mayor Maturo announced Thursday afternoon that for a new, permanent chief of police for the town.

Larrabee said he was unsure if the search process would require candidates to directly apply for the permanent post or if instead they would be recruited — but either way he is interested. 

"Obviously, I would want to be a candidate," he said.

Community Input

In a press release Thursday, Mauro stated the search process — which has been reviewed by and includes — would be "exhaustive," would last 22 weeks and one that "hopes to draw candidates nationwide."

The mayor added that the search will also include an entire stage "dedicated solely to interviewing by an independent panel of members of the community," as well as a town hall meeting that will allow "any member of the public" to "submit questions to finalist candidates.”

Larrabee said Friday when he was offered and accepted the chief of police post on an interim basis earlier this year, he was aware this day would come.

"I knew that at some point that we would have to embark on a search," he said.

'Rigorous Process'

He added, however, that a transparent, national search for the best candidates is an important one for the department's officers and the town's residents.

"I think it's best that whoever gets the job will have to go through a rigorous process to make sure that they are up to the standards that the community wants," Larrabee said.

"It's a good vetting process," he said.

Sam Giglio June 15, 2012 at 06:36 PM
He seams to be right on top of things and he should be in the running for East Haven Police Chief.
Anyone else think it odd that The Mayor just happens to know the search will take exactly 22 weeks?
Rosie June 15, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Are you really that dense?? I mean it, really. The 22 weeks is a deadline, just like any other occupation that posts a position. There is a deadline for candidates to throw their names in before a decision can be made. It doesn't necessarily mean that in exactly 22 weeks there will be a decision. Do you actually know anything you write about, or do you just make this up for fun? Or is it that you really are THAT dense. Jeez.
Ann Della Camera June 16, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Rosie, Thanks you said it all, Nice going. Hoff a,ways wants to start a fire.
Cathy Fleurant June 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Another positive, forward moving decision to have a nationwide search for a permanent Police Chief. Not to detract from any internal applicants, I think it behooves the Town to hire its next Chief from out of the area; preferably, out of the state of CT entirely! That way the new Chief is above the fray and is totally unencumbered. I truly hope Chief Larrabee is serious about his intentions to opt in as a viable candidate. I for one, have been greatly impressed and pleased so far during his short tenure. Keep up the good work and all the others, also.
ASmith June 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Ole Joe had himself a big learnin curve with the FBI/DOJ. Now he finally singin their tune. Guess all that silly talk bout kickin em out of town has gone by the wayside. Hope they is a settling that consent decree and not fightin that in court. Town cant afford anymore foolish antics. This PD cost the taxpayers a ton of money over the last ten years with lawsuits, over time and the like. Sure hope that cash drain stops. Got some new officers, hope they teach the young mops how to do the job right. Gallo taught em all wrong. Now jes get this here departments budget in line and we be on the right track.
ASmith June 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Gallo now is jes a bad memory. Thank the lord.
Jack Stacey June 16, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I understand the Mayor's reasoning for having a nationwide search but I also hope that Chief Larabee is given the consideration he deserves. Chief Larabee came into a difficult situation and has handled it like a true professional. He has come before the Civil Service Commision and proved to be a stand-up guy. He has a plan and is working to restore the confidence in our Police Dept. and from those I talk to he has also restored the morale to the Dept., they're feeling good about the situation and they should. Keep up the good work
CAjones June 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Weeeee Howdeeeeee. Not all bad memories stay that way, yuz a case in point. When yuz not boot strappin them sheep ayours you justa flappin yur yap.
ASmith June 18, 2012 at 01:17 AM
No sheep in the county I come from young fella. Lots of em in this here burg though.
CAjones June 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Yeah LOTS!.....and yuz gunna have your way with each and everyone, in this here burg.

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