Fairfield's contest for a second-in-command appears to be over. The Police Commission voted unanimously to promote Capt. Chris Lyddy to deputy chief. If approved by the Board of Selectmen, Lyddy will take over the spot vacated by current Chief Gary MacNamera when he succeeded Dave Peck in April.
"I'm looking forward to the position," Lyddy said, "and the chance to help shape the future of this fantastic police department that works so hard for a great community."
Lyddy got his start in law enforcement at the age of 15, as a member of the Boy Scout's local Police Explorers post. He enjoyed the experience so much that when he joined the force full time in 1982, he signed up to be an adult adviser, which he continues to do.
As deputy chief, Lyddy will oversee the department's Patrol, Detective and Special Services divisions. In his 28-year career with the Fairfield police, he's spent time in all three areas. In the past he's also worked on the Emergency Services Unit and performed the role of Officer Friendly for a year.
"I liked every division I've worked with," Lyddy said. "But if I had to pick one, I'd say I have an affinity for investigations." He worked as a detective in the 1980s and served as the bureau's lieutenant later in his career.
MacNamera said Capt. Donald Smith, the other candidate for the deputy chief job, would most likely fill Lyddy's current post, as captain of the Patrol Division.
"The commission had a tough choice, and I think they made the right one," MacNamera said. "Chris will be a great partner in fulfilling the mission of this department."
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