Deputy will stand in as interim police chief

A 31-year veteran of the Wilton police force will lead the department when Chief Michael Lombardo leaves his post for a position with the Trumbull Police Department on Jan. 1.

Current Deputy Chief Robert Crosby, of Bethel, will be the acting chief while the Wilton Police Commission searches for a candidate to lead the department.

Police Commission Chairman Christopher Weldon, a volunteer elected official, told The Bulletin earlier this month his board might search both internally and externally for a new chief.

In order to accommodate a department without a true police chief, Lt. Don Wakeman said, a number of responsibilities would be reallocated within the department for the immediate future, including his own.

“Once Deputy Chief Crosby assumes the interim chief position, there will be a reassignment of certain duties to myself in a new role as acting captain, although I will continue my existing duties as commander of the Detective Division and school resource officers as well,” Lt. Wakeman said.

As deputy chief, Mr. Crosby has oversight of training, records, dispatch, civilian employees, technology, and facilities, Lt. Wakeman said.

He also participated in the yearly budget preparation with the chief of police.