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Fairfield Police Chief Named 'Employee of the Year'

Police Chief Gary MacNamara was nominated and chosen to be the 2012 Fairfield Employee of the Year. He was recognized by the Board of Selectman on Wednesday.

Though he was the one recognized as Fairfield's 2012 Employee of the Year, Police Chief Gary MacNamara believes the award should go to all of the town's employees.

"We can't do what we do without all the men and women who work [for the town]," MacNamara said after the Board of Selectmen bestowed the title upon him.

He noted the work of the Fairfield Police Department, especially in the wake of Friday's tragedy in Newtown -- and before that, Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene.  

"These are the men and women who are working day to day, preparing for the things that make the news," MacNamara said.

But, as Selectman Kevin Kiley pointed out, the work of the department "is a reflection of you. Your strength, your courage, your commitment to making Fairfield the safest place possible."

First Selectman Michael Tetreau recounted his time working with MacNamara during the two hurricanes that ravaged the town and said he was impressed by the MacNamara's thought process.

"He not only solves problems, but finds ways to prevent them," Tetreau said. "We all need examples, and he's the one I learned from."

The chief was nominated for the ninth annual Employee of the Year recognition by Deb Greenwood, president and CEO of the Center for Women and Families. Employees of the Year are evaluated by criteria such as performance excellence, reliability, initiative, integrity, judgment, and outstanding public service.

Of the many reasons she chose to nominate MacNamara, Greenwood highlighted his ability to lead.

"Under the leadership of Chief Gary MacNamara, the Fairfield Police Department has proven to be an invaluable partner in efforts to prevent domestic and sexual violence in our community," Greenwood stated in her nomination letter. 

Greenwood presented MacNamara with a T-shirt with the words "strength," "bravery," and "confident." The shirt is for a future domestic violence awareness walkathon that MacNamara helped organize with the Center for Women and Families.

The T-shirt, Greenwood said, "is fitting for a man like Gary MacNamara."

Jim Eastwood December 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
EXCELLENT CHOICE !!!!!!!!!! Great Job Chief , for you are a PROGRESSIVE, Modern thinking, FAIR and HONEST Chief of Departent !!!! Stay Safe and Keep it up !!!!!!! RESPECTFULLY !!!! Jim Eastwood
JP December 20, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Yes we have a very good department thanks to the dedicated women and men of the force. I have one question though, Why on earth does our Chief NEVER show up in his uniform? I mean, he is and has been representing Fairfield this week all over, and no one knows who the heck he is! All other departments, Police and Fire have had their Chiefs in FULL uniform, not windbreakers and / or business suits. Fairfield look like a charity town. Come on Chief represent this town in the proper manner! Look the part for heaven sake, be proud of your position and of Fairfield.
Fairfield Old Timer December 20, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I'll 2nd that JP! What a disgrace!
R. Ludlowe December 20, 2012 at 05:08 PM
typical moaning and groaning from JP and F.O.T. You guys are like Statler and Waldorf, the 2 cranky ignorant old men on the Muppets. Anyway, Chief MacNamara is always in uniform when I see him, and we are lucky to have such an individual in Fairfield -- no matter what he wears.
JP December 20, 2012 at 05:39 PM
R. Ludlowe I have no issue with the women and men of the department. If you read my first comment correctly, I could care less if the Chief wore his PJ's to work. What I was saying is, here he is representing Fairfield (all Fairfielders) in a time when CT is in world focus and he should be a bit more respectful and dress accordingly. Show me another Police Chief / Fire Chief not in uniform at these funerals. He receives an award, again shows up in a suit.....Show some class.
Sandra December 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
R Ludlowe- Where's your sidekick Fredrick? It's been almost an hour since he hasn't told you how awesome you are.
Frederick Klein December 20, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Sandra -- Perhaps you could explain why you felt it necessary to bring up my name in a thread in which I was not even involved?
R. Ludlowe December 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I find your remarks disgusting. MacNamara was ON SITE at Sandy Hook. He's seen and done more in this tragedy than any of us combined. I cant believe that you are saying he should "show some class" because he wore a suit. You seriously need a hobby. Fashion critique of Fairfield's Police is definitely not your strong suit, pun intended.
JP December 20, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Never said he wasn't on SITE...can't you read??? "What I was saying is, here he is representing Fairfield (all Fairfielders) in a time when CT is in world focus and he should be a bit more respectful and dress accordingly. Show me another Police Chief / Fire Chief not in uniform at these funerals." The department as a whole has been fabulous this past week.
Sandra December 20, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Fredrick- A thread without Frick and Frack is rare. Just having fun. Don't have a hissy fit.
Frederick Klein December 20, 2012 at 07:38 PM
OK, as long as you are "just having fun" while we are discussing the recent massacre a few towns away and honoring our police chief.
R. Ludlowe December 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Keep talking, the more you post, the more you look like a jackass.

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