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Hamden mayor forming committee to give community a voice on hiring a new police chief

HAMDEN  – Mayor Curt Leng said he is forming a panel to help find a new permanent police chief. Leng said he has opened up the search process and forming ...

HAMDEN  – Mayor Curt Leng said he is forming a panel to help find a new permanent police chief.

Leng said he has opened up the search process and forming a new committee tasked with gathering community input.

A series of meetings will be held on who should be chief.

Right now — the acting chief in Hamden is John Cappiello.

He and the mayor have had to deal with that police shooting in New Haven, in which a Hamden officer was first to fire into a car — wounding Stephanie Washington — who was unarmed.