RIDGEFIELD, CT — Police Chief John Roche has announced his retirement.
Roche has been chief for ten years. He had been dealing with medical issues and had given Major Steve Brown, the next in command, authority to run the department, the News Times reported.
According to a bio on the department's Facebook page, Chief Roche was hired as a Ridgefield Police Officer in 1980 after finishing second in his class from the Connecticut Police Academy. He was appointed to the Detective Division in 1983, and named Ridgefield Officer of the Year that same year. He was promoted to sergeant in 1986 and lieutenant in 1990. Roche made captain in 1991 and major in 1999. In 2008, he was named the department’s fifth chief of police.
The search for Roche's replacement falls to the Police Commission.