GREENWICH, Conn. Town history was made Tuesday night in the Greenwich Police Department with the promotion of its first-ever female police captain. But she says the focus should be on the role she and other department members serve.
"It's about the journey," said Capt. Pamela Gustovich. "It's about our commitment and our dedication to the Greenwich Police Department and the town of Greenwich. It's about the journey where our experience, our knowledge, skills and abilities, and our commitment to become leaders in our department, that takes a strong department and makes it stronger."
After being officially promoted, she thanked her parents, who she said gave her "a very strong and broad foundation" for her life. After the ceremony, she also thanked former Chief of Police William Anderson. Gustovich said he was her mentor when she was hired by the Greenwich Police Department in 1987 as a patrol officer.
Gustovich worked her way up the ranks through detective, patrol sergeant and detective sergeant before becoming a patrol lieutenant in 2003. She has been the vice president of the Connecticut Association of Women Police since last year. Most recently, she graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.
First Selectman Peter Tesei also swore in a new deputy chief, lieutenant and sergeant Tuesday night at the Public Safety Complex in central Greenwich.
Mark A. Marino, who became deputy chief, has been an officer with the department since 1983 and worked his way up to captain in March 2010. Born in Port Chester, N.Y., Marino now lives in Trumbull. He has been a member of the department's Special Response Unit since 1988 and received many awards. The office of the deputy chief has been vacant since Chief James Heavey was promoted late last year.
Robert J. Lombardo was promoted to lieutenant. He joined the Wilton Police Department in 1989, where his brother currently serves as chief. He became a Greenwich police officer in 1992. He was the communications officer in 1998 before being promoted to sergeant in 1999. Lombardo has received commendations for investigations and emergency medical services. He was born in Stamford and now lives in Newtown.
Martin O'Reilly rose to the rank of sergeant. He was hired by Greenwich Police in 1994 and was promoted to detective in 2008. He is trained in traffic crash and homicide investigations. He has been awarded officer of the month three times. O'Reilly is a native of the Bronx, N.Y., and now resides in Monroe.
After family members decorated the honorees' uniforms with their new stripes and stars, Heavey donned a new uniform cap, which he said was the most visible sign of an officer.