The final four police chief candidates in Danbury were interviewed on Thursday. Mayor Mark Boughton says the selection of a new chief will be made over the coming days. Five internal candidates and three from outside the Danbury Police Department applied for the job.
Chief Al Baker's retirement was announced at the end of January. Baker planned to leave June 10th, but Boughton says he has agreed to make himself available for a few weeks after that to help with the transition.
The candidates have just completed a rigorous testing process. Boughton says it will be a tough decision because there was a strong pool of candidates. He says they all have strong credentials in law enforcement and are highly qualified.
A new Police Chief will be on the City Council's June agenda for ratification. The Chief is required to be or become a Danbury resident, living in the City for the duration of their term as Chief.
Boughton says they are looking for a results-oriented administrator who stays calm under pressure and thinks critically and strategically. Experience in policy review and development including such things as "use of force" and discipline was also on the list of qualifications. A strong background in labor relations and negotiations was recommended. The salary is $120,000 to $130, 000 annually, commensurate with experience.