Bethel Police Chief Jeff Finch has had his contract extended to April 2020. Finch has been chief since 1997 and the contract renewal does not include an initial pay increase. There is a possibility of a raise when the police union negotiates for rank-and-file officers. His professional training stipend will increase to about $4,200. Finch led the department through the national accreditation process and is currently overseeing construction of a new $13.5 million police station on Judd Avenue.