MAYOR ACCEPTS CHIEF’S RESIGNATION: REDDING TO SERVE AS INTERIM CHIEF WHILE NATIONAL SEARCH CONTINUES
(3/25/2008) (NEW HAVEN)— In a letter to Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. yesterday afternoon, Police Chief Francisco Ortiz provided notice that his last day in office would be April 11 at which time he would retire from the Department. During a news conference last November, Ortiz announced that he would be leaving his position within the department to assume a new role at Yale University. While originally scheduled to depart from his position in the City in January, Ortiz agreed to extend his tenure through April while the City partnered with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to identify a replacement.
“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with the great men and women of this police department and to serve this exceptional community for nearly 30 years,” said Ortiz. “I am grateful to the residents of New Haven for their support all these years and to the Mayor for allowing me to serve in this position for almost 5 years.”
Ortiz has been Chief of the New Haven Department of Police Services for nearly 5 years. On April 21, he will begin his new position at Yale University. Assistant Chief Stephanie Redding will assume the role of Interim Chief as the City and PERF continue their nationwide search for a replacement.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chief Ortiz for more than 20 years. He has been totally committed to the people of New Haven throughout his career and is someone I have great respect for and with whom I have always enjoyed working. I thank him for his service and wish him and his family every good thing,” said DeStefano. “As we continue our search for a new chief, I am fully confident that as Interim, Stephanie Redding will provide the leadership the department will need to continue our commitment to high quality community policing throughout our City.”
Redding was promoted from the rank of Lieutenant to Assistant Chief in July of 2006, the first woman to hold this position in the history of the Department. “It has been an honor to serve under Chief Ortiz. I wish him well in his new position,” said Redding. “In this interim role, I look forward to working with the dedicated men and women of this department to deliver the public safety services that New Haven residents deserve and expect from us.”
Redding began her career with the NHPD in 1986 as a patrol officer and member of the mounted unit and then served as officer-in-charge of the Family Services Division. 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.
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