VIDEO: Larrabee Named New East Haven Police Chief

During an emotional press conference at town hall Tuesday, Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr named current Interim Police Chief Brent Larrabee the new permanent head of the East Haven Police Department.

The following is a press release from the East Haven Mayor's Office.

Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. announced today that, following a seven-month, nationwide search for a police chief, he will be appointing Interim Chief Brent Larrabee as permanent Chief of Police in East Haven.

Maturo explained, “The Town was fortunate to have five finalist candidates for the position of chief, all of whom exhibited the professionalism and drive to lead our department forward. However, in addition to these qualities, Brent Larrabee demonstrated a clear vision of the steps that must be taken, moving forward, to make our police department one of the best in the nation.”

The search for a permanent police chief began in June of 2012 when the Town of East Haven engaged Strategic Policy Partnership, LLC to conduct a nationwide search for candidates. After aggressive advertisement of the position, the Town of East Haven received 82 applications from candidates across the nation.

Maturo continued, “The Town exercised due diligence in posting the position and took clear steps, including placing ads in minority news outlets, to attract candidates from all walks of life. The Town’s receipt of 82 applications showed that there was a large degree of interest in the position.”

Throughout the process, the Town worked with the Department of Justice to ensure that the interview process was fair, transparent, and thorough. 

Maturo explained, “All of the DOJ’s recommendations regarding citizen input and timing were incorporated into the final process. It is reassuring to know that the Town’s interviewing process was reviewed by the DOJ, as it lends another degree of validation to the process.” 

Larrabee was sworn in by Mayor Maturo as interim chief on February 13, 2012, amidst the turmoil of the DOJ’s civil rights investigation. 

Since that time, he has worked with Mayor Maturo to form the Town’s first faith-based council, has helped re-institute the DARE program, and has oversaw critical technology and policy upgrades throughout the department. 

Maturo explained, “Just three short months after taking office, I appointed Interim Chief and, since that time, he has brought much-needed stability and leadership to our Department. His history of policing experience has enabled him to work through the challenges of the past year and lead our department and our community in a positive direction.”

In addressing his eventual selection of Larrabee, Maturo explained, “It is reassuring that the interim chief ended up being the final selection.  Brent Larrabee was tested, questioned, and vetted along with the other 81 candidates.  The rigorous interview process confirmed that we have had, and will continue to have, a chief who has the vision, experience, and compassion to lead our department for years to come.”

Chief Larrabee will be sworn into office in a ceremony to be held at later date to be determined.  The ceremony will be open to the public. 

Maturo concluded, “I encourage residents to attend the swearing-in ceremony and to join me in celebrating a new chapter for both our Police Department and our community.”

Bob Fawkes January 15, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Good thing old marble mouth made the announcement on a Tuesday. Easier to fly out of Tweed on a weekday, before the snow storm and head on south for a long and well deserved weekend of R&R. Lil Zullo looks like he forgot to shave this morning. Good luck Chief. Get those lowlifes terminated and off of the payroll and fill the ranks with officers and professionals we all can be proud of.
ASmith January 16, 2013 at 01:14 PM
This story endin pretty much where all folks figured it would. This whole search thing was a waste of taxpayers money. Wonder how much it cost. Knew he was a gonna pick this guy for Chief. this chief gonna need help cleanin house. guess we all gots to sit back and see what happens now. wonder what ole Sgt Schultz Depalmer thinks of all this? hear tell he was gonna pick his own chief. guess that not happenin now. wonder how he feels bout this fella, his bein his permanent boss now. maybe ole sgt will be puttin in for retirement now. iffin hes smart he will. think this here new chief is gonna make em tow the line. sure hope the humongos overtime stops. puttin the town broke for sure. well this will be the year to tell where the town is a goin. new chief, trials comin up, mayor election. we are in for a roller coaster ride.
George Kenyon January 16, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Just out of curiousity, how is it an officers fault if there is overtime? Thats an administrative issue due to staffing issues or outside work that requires an officer per town ordinance. If it's available it needs to be covered.
Bob Fawkes January 16, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Mr. Kenyon, Where did anybody say it was the officers fault? Clearly it's MATURO's fault; for hiring the incompetent dog catcher in the first place, who then, under his watch, allowed "Miller's Boys" carte banche to run amok, thus causing resignations of good officers, suspensions and arrests of bad ones and probable terminations of some when all is said and done. The buck stops with MATURO. Always has....
George Kenyon January 16, 2013 at 02:19 PM
JA - That was aimed towards ASmith and the constant critisicm of Sgt, Depalma's overtime work. I agree with you, it is an administrative issue. Overtime within the PD has been a problem for years and years. It was "never a good time to hire", "We cant afford to hire and train and pay the overtime until an officer is trained, so we'll just pay the overtime". Those were the common responses when a question of hiring came up going back 10 + years.


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