For the first time in nearly three decades the town of Windsor welcomed a new police chief on Monday.
Donald Melanson, 49, was sworn in as Windsor’s newest chief, with his wife and two children by his side.
Melanson is making the transition just days after wrapping up a 20-year career with the West Hartford Police Department, in his most current role as captain.
He follows in his brother’s footsteps as well. Paul Melanson is the police chief in Farmington.
As he was sworn in, Don Melanson told his officers he looks forward to working with them and that he will make sure they have the best training and are equipped and supported to perform their duties.
He also said he is excited to start his new position and will continue the legacy of retired Windsor Chief Kevin Searles.
"To continue his legacy, he really involved the police department and in the community. Reaching out to the school system and the youth within the community and the different events that occurred in town. It’s very important a police department be interacting with the community and involved and responsible for caring for them,” Don Melanson said.
"He will always give you his best, 110 percent, bar none, it's kind of like playing a sport, there is no half-way, it's always 110 percent and he expects the same of the people who work for him,” said his brother Paul Melanson.
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