The Bethel Police Department took to social media on Friday to formally introduce the new Chief. Stephen Pugner was officially promoted in July, but Pugner awaits his official public swearing-in due to COVID-19 gathering size restrictions. Pugner joined the Bethel Police Department in 2000 as a patrol officer. The Department says the new chief is a trained accident reconstruction specialist, served as field training coordinator and holds a master’s degree in public administration. The Department says the chief bears overall responsibility for the professional, legal and efficient operation of Bethel Police and through both Pugner's experience and education they are confident he will continue to further the success of the department.