BERLIN - John Klett is officially the new top cop in town.
Klett, who was formerly the deputy chief, and Chris Ciuci, who is the new deputy police chief after previously being a lieutenant in the department, were sworn in at Town Hall in the main entrance rotunda Wednesday night.
“We have an excellent department. I’m so pleased and proud to be in charge of them and I look forward to moving us forward,” said Klett.
“These changes have created new promotional opportunities for us, for sergeant and lieutenant and it’s created an lot of excitement amongst the ranks, so I’d like to thank the commission for doing that,” said Cicui, following similar swearing in procedures to Klett.
Klett’s appointment came after previous Police Chief Paul Fitzgerald announced his retirement after 14 years of service in July because of frustration over the town’s inability get a new police station built and his desire to spend more time with his children and grandchildren in the Boston area.
Klett was voted in unanimously by the police commission after an internal search was held to find Fitzgerald’s replacement. The search was opened to Klett, Ciuci and Lt. James Gosselin, who dropped out when he filed a complaint against Klett alleging the use of inappropriate language, which included a gay slur.
An independent investigation by the town’s attorney’s determined that comments from Klett did occur and were inappropriate for the workplace but didn’t rise to the level of sexual harassment or a hostile work environment.
“We’re past that and moving forward,” Klett told The Herald, saying team building is one the items he looks to accomplish as chief.
Klett will be making $123,419, the same amount Fitzgerald was making, and Ciuci will be making $115,052, the same amount Klett was making in the deputy chief position.