Two longtime members of the Wilton police force were promoted during a ceremony held in the town hall annex on Oct. 5 — Robert Cipolla, who was made lieutenant, and Thomas Conlan, who was made captain.

Robert Cipolla


Cipolla joined the Wilton Police Department as a patrol officer in 2005. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2013.
As a volunteer, he participated in a Stay at Home in Wilton forum that warned against senior financial scams, and was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his achievements in enforcement, education and community involvement.
In 2009, Cipolla was named Officer of the Year by former chief Michael Lombardo.
He graduated with honors from Notre Dame High School in Fairfield and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Marist College.

Cipolla, who lives in Trumbull with his wife and infant daughter, is the first officer to have been hired by the Wilton Police Department who graduated first in his class from the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (police academy) in Meriden.

Thomas Conlan


Conlan, who lives in Oxford with his wife and three children, became an officer with the Wilton Police Department in 2000 and rose to the rank of sergeant in 2008. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2013.
Conlan earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration from the University of New Haven and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the same institution.
He is a member of the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force and is the department liaison to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Norwalk. According to a colleague, “he has been a driving force in the department in combating domestic violence.”