n Old Saybrook The Board of Police Commissioners consists of seven (7) members, each of whom serve for a term of four (4) years, four (4) of whom are elected at a regular biennial municipal election and three (3) of whom are elected at the following regular biennial municipal election.
The Police Commission is responsible for the general management and supervision of the police department. They also are in charge of making all needful regulations in regards to the management and supervision of the police department. They may prescribe penalties for the violation of any such regulation, including suspension or removal from office of any officer or member of the police department. Additionally they have the sole power of appointment, promotion, and removal of the officers under the regulations as it adopts.
Having a strong and well-organized Police force is key to the safety and prosperity of our citizens and our town. Although we have a small town community, where it seems everyone knows everyone, we are also in the unique position of being on the I95 Corridor, one of the most highly traveled roads in America. Add to that the swelling of our population in the summer with an influx of vacationers and summer residents, and you have a unique mix of challenges that our Police department faces.
The Old Saybrook Republican party is lucky to have a four candidates running for Police Commission this year. They all bring valuable and diverse experience to the position, which will ensure the steady management of our Police Department for years to come.
Charles Gadon has lived in Old Saybrook for 25 years. He is a degreed engineer and has been trained to work the problem and solve it. Charles possesses a solid foundation of first-hand administrative, operational management and regulatory compliance expertise. He has successfully led organizations through cultural change, engaging multiple levels of management with a strong sense of the many dynamics of organizational behavior. Like all of our candidates, Charles is an advocate for giving back to our community. His experience with budget oversight, staffing, and operational excellence will be an asset to the Police Commission.
Frank Keeney grew up in Somers, CT and spent every summer at his family house in Old Saybrook. He and his wife, Beverly, moved Old Saybrook full time eight years ago. They have been married for thirty-five years and have two daughters. Frank attended Suffield Academy and Ithaca College before beginning his career in the apparel industry. Frank worked for over forty years in senior sales and marketing positions with some of the best-known names in men’s apparel…Izod, Lacoste, Haggar, Arrow and Gildan. He retired in 2016.
Frank is in his fourth term as a burgess for the Borough of Fenwick and serves as the president of the Fenwick Park Commission, which is charged with overseeing all public lands in Fenwick, including the Fenwick Golf Course. He has also been a member of Fenwick’s Harbor Management Commission. He is a member in good standing of the Westbrook Elks and the Niantic Sportsman’s Club. Throughout Frank’s business career he has demonstrated a very strong work ethic and the ability to build inclusive working relationships. Frank is committed to protecting our town as a great place to be, whether that means raising a family or managing a business.
Joseph Maselli is currently a commissioner on the Police Commission. Joe Maselli moved to Old Saybrook 15 years ago after his first child was born, having selected this community to raise his family. Joe taught physics for 18 years and is now is his eighth year as the principal of a nationally recognized public high school. As a father of four, he has been proud to give back to his community by serving as a member of the police commission for the last four years. Joe has been an outspoken advocate of the School Resource Officer program. He has enjoyed being part of the commission and has played a key role in addressing key issues. Joe has the experience and understands the role of commissioner and how public boards operate.
Kenneth Reid is a life long resident of Old Saybrook. Ken has served the public for 30+ years in law enforcement. Over his more than 3 decades of service, Ken has been the Chief of Police for the town of Chester, worked as the Director of the Public Safety Department and was also responsible for Westerly RI Hospital Public Safety Department. Ken has an extensive background with training, budgets, department policies and operation responsibility for 40 officers between both locations. Ken has lived in the town of Old Saybrook his entire life. He is a Trustee for the Old Saybrook Historical Society and a member of the Elks Club. He is also a past member of the Old Saybrook Fire Department and one of the founding members of the Old Saybrook Fife & Drum Corp that was organized in 1971 and thus helped with starting the Old Saybrook Christmas Torch light parade in 1971. Ken’s two sons, Ken and Chris Reid, organize and chair the torch light parade along with his father, Bill Reid, who has since 1971. Now retired, Ken feels a deep desire to donate his time to serving his fellow residents of Old Saybrook.
~ Posted 10/26/17 by Michael C.