CHIEF ORTIZ TO DELAY RETIREMENT THROUGHOUT SEARCH FOR REPLACEMENT
(12/28/2007) Assistant Chief Badger to Retire In January
NEW HAVEN- Police Chief Francisco Ortiz, who announced his retirement last month, will remain in his position until sometime in the spring while the City searches for his replacement. Currently, the City is working with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in a nationwide search for a new Chief for the Department of Police Services.
Assistant Chief of Police, Herman Badger, a nearly 24-year veteran of the force, has also announced his retirement. Badger’s retirement will become effective on January 16, 2008. Badger joined the Department as a patrol officer in 1984 and moved up the ranks to Sergeant in 1990, Lieutenant in 2000, Chief of Detectives in 2003 and Assistant Chief in 2006. “What I’m most grateful for is that the men and women of this department have allowed me to stand on their shoulders and represent their good work,” said Badger. “It has been an honor to serve this Department, this City and New Haven’s residents.”
“With the departure of an assistant chief and the anticipated time needed to hire a new chief, I asked the Chief to remain in his position a few months longer to provide a continuum of command and control within the department,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “The Chief graciously agreed to delay his retirement until we are able to fill his position.”
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