NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Police Lt. James Walsh was selected Friday to be deputy chief of the city’s Police Department.
After a brief meeting in executive session at police headquarters, the city’s three Police Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Walsh to the position.
Walsh, 50, replaces Deputy Chief Ashley Gonzalez, who recently became chief of a department in Texas.
Susan Zecca remains Norwalk’s other deputy police chief.
Walsh joined the department in July 1988 and currently is commander of the Special Services Division.
After receiving congratulations from the commissioners, Walsh declined to comment, saying he wanted to wait until his appointment ceremony next Thursday.
Following the vote, Mayor Harry W. Rilling, who is also a police commissioner, said the selection was a “difficult decision.”
The other persons who applied for the position were Lt. Thomas Mattera, commander of the Detective Bureau; Lt. Thomas Roncinske, commander of the Special Victims Unit; Lt. Terrence Blake, who is a Public Information Officer; and Lt. Praveen John, who runs the department’s Combined Dispatch Center.
Rilling said that to reach their decision, he and Commissioners Fran Collier-Clemmons and Charles L. Yost reviewed the candidates’ history with the department, looked at their resumes, and had discussions with Chief Thomas Kulhawik.
“I think we’ve made an excellent choice,” Rilling said.
Collier-Clemmons, who was in Georgia and participated in the meeting by phone, concurred with Rilling, saying she thought Walsh would be an excellent deputy chief.