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Groton - Groton Long Point will swear in a retired Waterford lieutenant as its new chief of police today.
Jeff Nixon of Ledyard served in Waterford from 1988 until this year, moving up the ranks from patrol officer to detective to sergeant to lieutenant. He served as patrol lieutenant from 1993 until 2008, administrative lieutenant from 2008 until 2012 and investigative services lieutenant ever since.
Nixon has a bachelor's degree in police administration from the University of New Haven and a master's degree in organizational management from Eastern Connecticut State University. He also teaches criminal justice at Three Rivers Community College.
"I feel that he's more than qualified to be our chief," John Tuohy, president of the Groton Long Point Association, said. "He has a lot of experience in community policing and we look forward to working with him on our unique needs down here in Groton Long Point."
Nixon will supervise four full-time patrol officers and about a half dozen part-time officers in the subdivision. He replaces former Chief Lawrence Pagan, who served for about two years.
- Deborah Straszheim