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Heavey Sworn in as Greenwich's Deputy Chief

GREENWICH, Conn. — The Greenwich Police Department has its new deputy chief in James Heavey, who was sworn in at a ceremony Tuesday night in front of the Public Safety Complex.

The appointment was announced Thursday by First Selectman Peter Tesei. Heavey, head of the patrol division, begins his new duties Friday. Chief David Ridberg is expected to retire in November, and the new deputy chief could be his successor.

The department's honor guard stood behind a podium as retired Lt. Tom Keegan introduced Heavey and recounted his history in the department. 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 master’s in public administration. He is an Army veteran and served more than 20 years in the Army Reserve. He was a military police officer and veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

In his time in the department, Heavey has held many assignments, including accident investigator, dispatch trainer, grant writer, civil disturbance coordinator, emergency management coordinator and police explorer adviser.

Heavey was sworn in by Tesei and thanked his family, officers and captains for their services to the town. It wasn't official until his wife Kia and children, Anna and Jamie, pinned his uniform with the new deputy chief badge and stars.

The position of deputy chief had been vacant since Ridberg’s promotion to replace retiring Chief James Walters in 2007. At the time, a promotions freeze was forced because of a lawsuit filed by former Lt. Gary Honulik, who claimed he was bypassed unfairly for a promotion. The suit was dismissed in 2009.

Are you familiar with Capt. James Heavey’s work as a Greenwich officer? Leave a comment, or congratulations, below.

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