Commander, 3 Sergeants Sworn in at Madison Police Department

State Attorney General George Jepsen proudly swears in the honorees.


State and local officials, past and present police department personnel, friends, family and community members joined together to witness the promotion and swearing in of a new commander and three sergeants to the Madison Police Department. 

"Our local police officers have a critical job. You are charged with protecting the safety and well bring of those residing, visiting and working in our communities. It is a position of authority and a position of trust," said Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen,  who had the honor of swearing in each honoree.

"It's been a long road for this department and I'm proud to stand here and join in recognizing how far you've come and how seriously you've taken the very real task of restoring the public's trust." 

Police Commissioner Eric Thornburg, who presided over the ceremony, said,  "The officers here represent really what is best about first responders and that's this very powerful commitment to others."

Commander John Rich joins the department as a 24 year veteran of the Connecticut State Police. His most recent assignment was as the commanding officer of the internal affairs division of the state police. He previously served as the chief law enforcement official in Ledyard, while he was the resident state trooper for that town.

"The word sergeant comes from a Latin word meaning 'one who serves,'" said Thornburg, prior to introducing the new sergeants. "I think that's just spot on perfect for these individuals  here and it says it all." 

Sergeant Kimberly Lauria, the first female officer to ever receive the rank of sergeant in the Madison Police Department, has been with the department since 2005 and is trained in certified child passenger safety technician, is a community resource officer and the only certified taser instructor in the department.  Prior to that she served three years in the United States Air Force.  

How does it feel to receive this honor?  "Surreal," said Lauria.  "I am happy, but at the same time, it still hasn't really hit me." She gave a great deal of credit to her family for their support.  "This promotion is as much for my family as it is for me."

Sergeant Richard Perron joined the department after 22 years with the Connecticut State Police in narcotics enforcement, undercover work and as part of a federal task force. He is a state certified  investigator and certified hostage negotiator and homicide investigator. He had his narcotic canine companion, Gwen, by his side as he was sworn in. 

Sergeant William Roy joined the department in 2006 and recently has  been the officer in charge in a middle management role of the midnight patrol shift and overseeing the daily patrol functions as the  shift supervisor. He previously was a detective in the criminal investigation division of the department for three years. He is currently a member of the Shoreline Regional Emergency SWAT Team and serves as the second in command for Madison's unit. 

In welcoming Race and congratulating the three sergeants McPherson addressed the sergeants directly.

"You all have been here when it was in the era of good troops poorly led.  You are all good troops, have been good troops and a number of the other police officers on this force fall into that category," said McPherson.  "Thank you for that effort you are now moving forward  into the good leadership role so the ball is going to be in your court to continue the great efforts and the great strides that have been made to move this great department forward."  

Police Chief Jack Drumm addressed his newly promoted staff members at the conclusion of the ceremony. "I'm happy to say...we are well on our way to becoming great," he said. "We have trust.  We have gained back the trust of the community and shown them that the Madison Police Department is one of the better, if not the best police department presently in the State of Connecticut."

DisgruntledInClinton August 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Nice spelling on Sergaent in the main headline, HuffPost. And we wonder why our kids can no longer spell or write well?
Sarah Page Kyrcz August 06, 2012 at 11:51 PM
According to dictionary.com ser·geant   [sahr-juhnt] noun 1. a noncommissioned army officer of a rank above that of corporal.
Nicole Clarkson August 07, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Looks like you're the one who can neither spell nor write. "Sergeant" is a word; "Sergaent" is not. Furthermore, if we're going to be finicky, as it seems you are, you should have used "properly" instead of "well" as the adverb in your second sentence. C'mon, don't you have better things to do than make up fake spellings on Patch?
Anita Bath August 07, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Was everyone told to "dress casual" for this event????? Now that Trooper Rich is now here, how many troopers are in Troop M?
Sarah Page Kyrcz August 07, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Anita. The purpose of this article was to spotlight a celebratory day in the Madison Police Dept., not a fashion piece. I am unsure what you are referring to as "dress casual?" The photos show officers in uniform and others in suits and ties.
DisgruntledInClinton August 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Nicole: I was criticizing HuffPost's usual poor grammar. The main headline said "Sergaent". The article headline spelled it correctly. Oh, and Get A Life!
Sarah Page Kyrcz August 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
The word was spelled correctly throughout the article. I wrote it. I checked it. Case closed. Please be kind on your posted comments.
Anita Bath August 07, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Sarah. The purpose of this article was to spotlight a celebratory day in the Madison Police Dept, not a spelling bee
Malinda Moore August 09, 2012 at 03:10 AM
It would have been nice to have this published in advance of the event so residents were aware and could attend it they wanted. Poor communication from MPD these days, with everything after the fact, if at all.
Malinda Moore August 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Congratulations to those who earned these promotions. 1.Will we ever have transparency and know exactly how the hiring and promotion process works inside the secretive culture of the Madison Police Department? New hires and those promoted just appear in public without the public even knowing the specific details of the process. 2.What are the requirements to test and be promoted to the position of Sergeant in The Madison Police Department? 3.Who were the eligible officers to test for the Madison Police Sergeants position? 4. Which officers took the written Madison Police Sergeants test? (Did any decline?) 5. Which officers progressed to the interview portion for Madison Police Sergeant? 6.How are officers who passed all aspects, ranked for promotion for Madison Police Sergeant? 7.Is there a list and if so, what is the ranking order of all officers on the promotion list for Madison Police Sergeant? 8.How long is the the Madison Police Sergeant promotion list good for? I don't think these fair questions are unreasonable since the Madison Police Department should already have the answers readily available. Tired of hearing either nothing or only bare minimum information time after time. I think they forget that the police department works for the people, not the other way around.
Pem McNerney (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 08:50 PM
These are all great questions. The Police Commission meets every month. The schedule is posted on the front of Madison Patch. Why not go to a meeting and ask? I can ask as well, but I just wanted to make it clear, since you have so many questions about the process, that the Police Commission, and the police department, is a public agency and members of the public are entitled to, and encouraged to, ask questions when they have them.
Anita Bath August 09, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Was there a job posting for the Commander position, or were the individuals hand picked by Chief Drumm?
Malinda Moore August 10, 2012 at 02:11 AM
The point being, if they wanted anyone to know the procedure, they would have already volunteered the information. The only way anyone can try to find out anything in secret cults is through F.O.I. and then that's a battle too. No one has the time or energy to waste. If you do ask, you'll probably notice some muscle flexing and then find out first hand that you will get nowhere. Doesn't make sense but that's the way it is. Then hope they don't retaliate against you in some manner for either your opinion under freedom of speech or the inquiry itself.
James White August 23, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I think that the Police commission and Chief Drumm are doing a wonderful job of reorganizing and rebuilding the Madison Police Department. The process is transparent.
James White August 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
This is just incorrect. There has been no need to use FOI to learn about the process used to recruit , hire or promote police officers. It has been openly discussed at Police Commission Meetings which are broadcast on TV. Furthermore, most FOI requests are filled by town officials without much fuss and there is a process for review by State officials in the case of a disput. Private information including health info about individual employees is excepted under FOI
Sarah Page Kyrcz August 23, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Thank you for your thoughtful comment James. Maybe those who want more information can request it and if they have a problem they can then file a complaint.
Malinda Moore August 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Thanks sarah, I didn't see any specifics about this at all in the Police Commission Minutes but I'll look again if you say it's all there. Do you know off hand how many extra points a candidate gets over others if they are connected in some way with the Connecticut State Police?
Anita Bath August 24, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Pardo left because the town wouldn't extend his health benefits. Is trooper Rich receiving health benefits to his family?
skylar lauria January 04, 2013 at 03:32 AM
congrats mom


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