Chief Ortiz recommends two for appointment as assistant chiefs
(7/24/2006) Pending approval by the Board of Police Commissioners, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. will preside at the swearing in this summer of two new assistant chiefs of police, including the first female assistant chief in the history of the police department.
The appointments will mark another “first” for the department – having two assistant chiefs on board instead of one.
Chief of Police Francisco Ortiz will recommend to the Board of Police Commissioners the promotions of Lt. Stephanie Redding, a 20-year veteran of law enforcement for the City, and Lt. Herman Badger, a 22-year veteran. Both appointments must be approved by the police commission.
The Mayor has reviewed the Chief’s promotional recommendations and is enthused. He said both candidates are senior managers with demonstrated track records who have shown enthusiastic support for community policing. “They both have demonstrated proven leadership within the department and have achieved, through civil service testing, the ranks of lieutenant. They have shown they can run major components of the police department. Most importantly, they have shown an ability to solve problems and bring people together.”
Having two assistant chiefs provides greater day to day oversight of the operations as well as increasing presence of police leadership within the community. Both will be trained in administration and finance and operations.
Chief of Police Francisco Ortiz, Jr. said, “All of the applicants for Assistant Chief were extremely well-qualified so it was a difficult decision to make. I have worked with both Lieutenant Redding and Lieutenant Badger in many capacities in the department over the years and I look forward to welcoming them into the Chief’s office.”
Badger most recently was officer-in-charge of the Investigative Services Division. ISD is comprised of 71 staff members and most major crimes, such as murder, robbery, burglary, arson and larceny, are investigated by the detectives in this division. Badger began his career with the NHPD in 1984 as a patrol officer and worked as a district manager and the officer-in-charge of the Family Services Division prior to his transfer to Investigative Services. He has attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and Yale University’s Management Training Institute.
Redding began her career with the NHPD in 1986 as a patrol officer and member of the mounted unit and currently serves as officer-in-charge of the Family Services Division, which is made up of Juvenile Services, Missing Persons, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Bias Crime Unit, School Resource Officers, Truancy Prevention, and other youth-related activities such as the Police Athletic League, Board of Young Adult Police Commissioners, Mentoring Program, Evening Coverage, and Safe Corridors. She previously was assigned to the Patrol Division as second in command and also worked as a district manager in the East Shore/Morris Cove policing district. Redding has attended the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and is a senior fellow of the Yale University’s Child Development-Community Policing program.