Top Stories of 2017: Change of leadership at NLPD

Leadership at the New London Police Department changed with little fanfare Jan. 10, the official last day for former Chief Margaret Ackley. Ackley retired after 30 years on the force and eight years as the chief. Her departure likely was celebrated by union board members who through the years had filled City Hall filing cabinets with grievances that highlighted the contentious relationship between her and union leadership. Ackley contended certain union members had tried to undermine her authority. Union members allege they were singled out for discipline.

Ackley’s relationship with city administration also had become strained, as highlighted by her long-pending breach-of-contract lawsuit against the city and its previous administration’s unsuccessful attempt to have her removed.

Deputy Chief Peter Reichard, who was practiced at running the department during Ackley’s long absences, was named interim police chief at the beginning of the year and eventually would surface as the front-runner in the nationwide search for a new chief. Reichard officially was sworn in as chief Nov. 29. He has promised an increase in community policing and stronger bonds between his officers and residents.

— Greg Smith

Review 2017 at www.theday.com/2017review.

READER COMMENTS

Loading comments...
Hide Comments

Stories that may interest you

Locals honored by state Boy Scouts council

Tom Kasprzak of East Lyme, Ledyard native Bob Reed and Stonington businessman Jonathan Duncklee will receive major awards when the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America holds its 24th Annual Outstanding Leadership Award Dinner May 7 at The Norwich Inn and Spa.


East Lyme Middle School Trimester 2 Honor Roll

East Lyme Middle School Trimester 2 Honor Roll


Mystic Middle School Trimester 2 Honor Roll

Mystic Middle School Trimester 2 Honor Roll


Norwich Technical High School honor roll students announced

The school releases third-quarter honor roll list.

TRENDING

PODCASTS