The Newtown Police Department has a new Patrol Sergeant. 13 year veteran John McDermott took the oath of office for his new role yesterday. He was officially promoted to the rank by unanimous vote of the Police Commission last week. The vacancy was created by Sgt. Hynes, who is retiring effective February 1st after nearly 27 years on the job. McDermott will conduct two weeks of on the job training in his new role before running a shift solo. Newtown Police officials say during his career, McDermott has been heavily involved in community services such as the Cadet Program, Special Olympics, and crime prevention. He has served as a Field Training Officer and has developed his skills as a first line supervisor coordinating the Cadet program and teaching new officers.