Capt. James Heavey has been named deputy chief of the Greenwich Police Department. The appointment was announced Thursday by First Selectman Peter Tesei.
Heavey, head of the patrol division, begins his new duties July 1.
Chief David Ridberg is expected to retire in November, and the new deputy chief could be his successor.
On Tuesday, Tesei, Selectmen David Theis and Drew Marzullo and Ridberg interviewed Heavey and Capts. Mark Kordick and Mark Marino for the position. The departmens other captain, Timothy Berry, was not selected as a finalist. Heaveys selection was unanimous.
Heavey has served as police captain since 2010. He began his career as a Greenwich police officer in 1986 and was promoted to sergeant in 1999 and lieutenant in 2003. Heavey holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration and a masters in public administration. He is an Army veteran and served over 20 years in the Army Reserve. He was a military police officer and veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Over the years in the deaprtment, Heavey has held many assignements, including accident investigator, dispatch trainer, grant writer, civil disturbance coordinator, emergency management coordinator and police explorer advisor.
The position of deputy chief had been vacant since Ridbergs promotion to replace retiring Chief James Walters in 2007. At the time, a promotions freeze was forced due to a lawsuit filed by former Lt. Gary Honulik, who claimed he was bypassed unfairly for a promotion. The suit was dismissed in 2009.
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