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Newtown Police 2nd in Command to leave to become Plainville Chief

Newtown is looking to replace the top two law enforcement officers in town.  Police Chief James Viadero previously announced that he would be leaving at the end of the month for a job with the state. 

Now, Captain Chris Vanghele has announced he will be leaving on January 30th to become the police chief in Plainville.  Vanghele is a 28-year veteran who manages the department’s day-to-day operations as second-in-command.  

Viadero will head the state Office of the Inspector General, which was created under Connecticut’s 2020 police accountability act to investigate police-involved shootings. 

There's also turnover in Brookfield.  Police CHief Jay Purcell is retiring at the end of the month after 38 years with the force, including the last 5 as Chief.