A 26-year veteran of law enforcement has been selected as the next police chief in Glastonbury.
Marshall Porter, currently a captain with the Farmington Police Department, has been hired to replace Chief Thomas J. Sweeney, director of police services. Sweeney, Glastonbury’s chief from 1999-2012, has been temporarily serving as chief of the 60-member department after the retirement of Chief David Caron in December. Caron retired after admitting he sent inappropriate photos using his official town email account.
Town Manager Richard J. Johnson, who hired Porter, said he liked his low-key, even-keeled attitude.
“He has very good experience in all levels of municipal policing at a variety of positions from patrolman, sergeant to captain. Farmington is a well-regarded police department and all the comments I heard about him were very positive,” Johnson said Wednesday.
Porter, a Torrington native, said growing up he always wanted to be a police officer or attorney. But after spending time in a police explorer program, the decision was easy.
“I still look forward to coming to work every day,” he said. “I walk in with a smile and walk out with a smile … I’m going to miss my time here. This is a terrific town and I made a lot of good friends. But I think I’m going to an equally terrific town … regardless of what you hear and read, being a police officer is still the greatest job in the world.”
Porter will continue in his role in the 46-officer Farmington department until the end of the month. He will be sworn in as Glastonbury’s police chief Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. in the town council chambers of town hall. Porter said after 25 years in the same department it was “time to move on and look for a job leading a department.
“Glastonbury has always been highly regarded,” he said. “They have an innovative department in a terrific community. I want to make close ties with the community and form strong bonds. I think I’m going from one great department to another.”
Porter has been second-in-command in Farmington for the past decade, including the past four years as captain. During his career he has been a narcotics detective, public information officer and sergeant in the detective and patrol divisions. He has a master’s degree in criminal justice/law enforcement administration and bachelor of science in psychology — both from Central Connecticut State University. He’s married with two children.
“He has the ability to work successfully with a variety of groups and solve issues and bring people together,” Johnson said. “I liked his overall approach and the way he handled himself.”
Johnson said 45 candidates applied for the position. The field was narrowed to seven candidates interviewed by panels that included police chiefs, town managers, chamber of commerce members and school officials.
Sweeney, who was on one of the hiring panels, said he met Porter 12 years ago and was so impressed by him he knew he would be chief one day.
“I just didn’t think it would be in Glastonbury,” he said with a laugh. “He’s an impressive young man and very knowledgeable with great administrative skills. He will add another dimension in a similar community. He understands Glastonbury and its expectations for officer performance.”