A new Police Chief will be sworn in tonight at Danbury City Hall. Members of the City Council offered praise at their monthly meeting for retiring Chief Al Baker.
Councilman Phil Curren thanked Baker for his years of service, and wished him the best. He added that Baker and his wife were assets to the community, and it will be ashame when they move back to Wisconsin.
Councilman Gregg Seabury said Baker was always very responsive.
Councilman Tom Saadi thanked Baker on behalf of 411th Civil Affairs Battalion for security at the Armed Forces Reserve Center and for the police presence at a send off ceremony last month. Both of Baker's sons are in the military.
Councilman Paul Rotello says crime is way down and noted that Danbury is one of the safest cities in the country.
Council President Joe Cavo said Baker has been a professional from the minute he set foot in Danbury.
Mayor Mark Boughton says he remembers interviewing Baker in 2005. Boughton says he called Baker while he was still at the airport to say that he got the job. The Mayor also praised Baker for helping to work to open a state of the art building, which he says will serve the community for 100 years.