BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- The Brookfield Police Department welcomed a new Police Chief James "Jay" Purcell.
He was promoted, along with Major John Puglisi Jan. 18 at a ceremony in Brookfield Town Hall. They were promoted from the ranks of Major and Captain, respectively.
The commanding officers began their new assignments and roles after the retirement of Chief Robin Montgomery on Jan. 1, according to the Brookfield Police Departments on Facebook.
Montgomery retired after 16 years on the force.
It was time to step down he told Daily Voice in December.
“I’ve been in law enforcement since 1971,” said Montgomery.
“I’ve been carrying a gun since 1968,” said Montgomery, including his three years he served in the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, where he earned the Navy Cross, the nation’s highest award for valor in combat.
One of his accomplishments as chief was in making the department more accessible to the community, said Montgomery, a Brookfield resident.
"There is a misimpression that because someone is a police officer, he or she has an aura that is not communicative," he said.
“Over the years, we have succeeded in making the department more user-friendly to the public,” he said.
Montgomery joined the Brookfield Police Department in 2000. He came from a job at the FBI as special agent in charge of the Critical Incident Response Group.
Click here for the Daily Voice story on retiring Police Chief Robin Montgomery.