Sep 192012

Police Chief Robert Gagne

If you were staying tuned to the Orange Live Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, you know that the Police Commission was taking its job of choosing a new Assistant Police Chief very seriously.They had gone into executive session and booted Chief Robert Gagne from the room while they discussed the five applicants.

What seemed like a lifetime later, the Commissioners — Don Lewis, John Barton, Mark Grasso, Roy Cuzzocreo and Susan Lewin — emerged from the back room, then left the building pausing for a moment to say, “The chief will be out in a moment.”

At this time, Gagne was behind closed doors calling all five of the Lieutenants who’d applied for the position, including the one who made it — Lt. Anthony Cuozzo.

Chief Gagne welcomed us into the meeting room and announced the commissioner’s decision — See VIDEO HERE.

With the official announcement, Orange Live pushed the Publish Button on a pre-written story (I had a hunch) and the word was out at 6:44 p.m.

Gagne then drafted a press release for all the news media that hadn’t waited in the lobby for two hours.

This is the official press release:

Anthony Cuozzo Sr. in his role as the Commander of the Police Honor Guard.

On Tuesday September 18, 2012 the Town of Orange Board of Police Commissioners voted to promote Lieutenant Anthony Cuozzo to the position of Assistant Chief of Police for the Orange Police Department.  The Board expressed how impressed they were with each of the five Lieutenants in the Department, but ultimately chose Lieutenant Cuozzo to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former Assistant Chief Edward Koether.

Lieutenant Anthony Cuozzo joined the Orange force in 1990 after having served two years as an officer with the Milford Police Department.  He served in the patrol division from 1990-1994, and was then assigned to the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force South Central Office from 1994-1995.

He next served as the Department’s Youth/ D.A.R.E. officer from 1995-2002.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2002 and to the rank of Lieutenant in 2003.  He was assigned as a patrol shift commander from 2003-2007, interim commander of the Investigative Services Unit from 2007-2008, and Administrative Lieutenant from 2008- present.

Lieutenant Cuozzo has attended numerous training seminars during his career, and is a 2005 graduate of the FBI National Academy, 220th session.  He has served as a police instructor for the Department, and as the commander of the Department’s Honor Guard.

Lieutenant Cuozzo holds a BA from Albertus Magnus College in Criminal Justice, as well as a Master of Arts in Leadership, also from Albertus Magnus College.

Chief Robert Gagne stated that he was pleased with the Board of Police Commissioners’ decision, as well as with their recognition of the diverse talents and strengths of each of the five Lieutenants.  He stated that he and

Lieutenant Cuozzo have worked closely together, and he believes that Cuozzo’s transition to the position of Assistant Chief will be a smooth one.  He stated that Lieutenant Cuozzo has prepared himself well for this opportunity, and knows that he will do a fantastic job.

Lieutenant Cuozzo will be sworn in to his new position at a formal ceremony to take place in the near future.

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