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New Westport Police Captain Fills Vacancy

WESTPORT, Conn. – John Calka, a 32-year veteran of the Westport Police Department, was promoted from lieutenant to captain by Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Police Chief Dale Call announced Friday.

The promotion fills a vacancy created in October when former Capt. Foti Koskinas was promoted to his current rank of deputy chief.

Calka, who joined the department in October 1979, graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in natural resources management. He's also a graduate of Middlesex Community College, where he studied law enforcement. A father of two daughters, he and his wife Lois live in Darien.

Five years after he joined the department, Calka was promoted to the rank of desk officer. He became a detective in 1993, a sergeant in 2007 and lieutenant in 2009. He is a member of the Southwestern Regional Crisis Intervention Team and supervises Westport officers assigned to that team, Call said.

From 2005 through 2009, Calka was the Fairfield County Regional Intelligence Liaison Officer to the Connecticut Intelligence Center. He is also a past-president of the Fairfield County Detective Conference.

Until a new lieutenant is promoted, Calka will continue to serve as a patrol shift commander in addition to his new duties as staff commander.

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