Police Chief Jason Wood stood on the stage at Brayton School on Friday afternoon and pledged that the Police Department under his leadership would be committed to community engagement and connecting victims with the services they need.
Bernard's proclamation detailed Cozzaglio's history with the city, from the time he was appointed as a reserve patrol officer to his coordination and apprehension of the suspect during the attempted bank robbery and bomb on Main Street.
Lt. Jason R. Wood was selected out of 40 candidates following a national search to replace retiring Police Chief Michael Cozzaglio. He will be the city's first new "police chief" in 38 years following the elimination of the public safety commissioner post.
The adoption was prompted by the announced retirement of Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, who has been in his post for 15 years. However, the changes have been discussed off and on after the past administration abandoned attempts to fill the commissioner of public safety post six years ago.
Mayor Linda Tyer is looking to remove the word "acting" from Police Chief Michael Wynn's title.
The mayor is asking the City Council to as chief, a role he has been serving for a decade under an acting provision. Wynn had been promoted to administrative captain in 2007, essentially managing the department. In 2009, he was appointed "acting chief of police" and has served in that role since.