NEW BRITAIN – Four candidates have been certified by the Civil Service Commission to be interviewed for the position of Deputy Chief of Police.
The highest scoring candidate is New Britain Capt. Christopher Chute who to this point has a 92 in the testing process, said Personnel Director Linda Guard. West Hartford police Lt. Michael Perruccio scored an 88, Connecticut State Police Lt. David DelVecchia scored an 86 and Hartford police Deputy Chief William Long scored an 84, Guard said.
The top four out of a field of 10 initial candidates will be interviewed by the Police Commission and Police Chief James Wardwell on Oct. 17. With the advice of the commission, Wardwell will then recommend one of the candidates for the job to Mayor Erin Stewart who will then make the decision on who to hire. “This is a very important position for the department and the city,” Wardwell said. “I look forward to welcoming the first deputy chief in at least 10 years.”
The job pays $113,025, Guard said. Each of the candidates has extensive leadership experience, according to their applications for the job.
Chute joined the NBPD in 1996. He is one of the department’s trailblazers in the realm of digital forensics and polygraph, as one of the first officers behind Wardwell to be trained in both specialties. He was one of the lead investigators into the city’s, and possibly the state’s, largest child pornography investigation in 2008 when it was discovered that two Washington Street men had video recorded their sexual molestation of nearly a dozen children. The men are now serving decades-long prison sentences. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 2011. He commands the Professional Standards Division which includes Internal Affairs and the Traffic Division and he teaches at the college level at Central Connecticut State University and Post University.
Perruccio has been with the West Hartford Police Department since 1997. He currently serves as the Commander of the Community Relations Division and the Assistant Commander of Investigative Services. He serves as the department’s Public Information Officer. Perruccio teaches at the University of New Haven and Goodwin College. He obtained his Master of Public Administration from Post University this year. He has also led the Training Division, been active in policy development for the department and was part of the Pro-Active Crime Suppression Unit, which operated in “high trouble” areas of the city.
DelVecchia has been with the state police for 23 years. He is currently the commanding officer of Troop I in Bethany, overseeing nearly 60 troopers and civilian staff and 29 constables and the daily operations required to respond to 19 towns. In his role as an administrator, DelVecchia oversees a $6.5 million annual budget and manages $450,000 in resident trooper contracts. He was an adjunct professor with the University of New Haven for the spring semester. He previously commanded Troop L in Litchfield and was the commanding officer of the Western District Major Crime Squad.
Long has been with the Hartford Police Department since 1994. He is the only candidate who is a resident of New Britain. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University. In his role as a deputy chief he is the chief of operations support supervising headquarters personnel, the Detention Division, the department’s fleet of cruisers, the Traffic Division, Animal Control and K-9 Units, the Records Division and several other units. Long has been the co-chair of the Hartford Marathon Public Safety Committee since 2015. He has also served in the juvenile investigative unit and coordinated the move to the new Public Safety Complex in 2012.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.