WESTPORT, Conn. Deputy Police Chief Dale Call, a 27-year veteran of the Westport Police Department, will officially take over as the new chief Friday, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced Tuesday.
A Westport native, Call has served as deputy chief since 2007. He replaces Al Fiore, a 33-year member of the department who formally retired from his position June 1, 2010, and was reappointed for a two-year period in July 2010. Fiore permanently stepped down from his position as police chief, which he held since 2004, on Aug. 12 and assisted the department until Sept. 2. Since then, Call has served as acting chief.
Call, son of the late Westport police inspector George E. Call, joined the department in January 1984. He was promoted to sergeant in May 1993, inspector in June 2001, administrative lieutenant in 2004, and detective commander in 2006. During his career, he has served as president of the Westport Police Benevolent Association, a K-9 unit handler and supervisor, an honor guard commander and a field training officer.
A 1980 graduate of Staples, Call holds a bachelors degree in criminal justice administration and a masters in strategic leadership from Mountain State University. He is a graduate of the 233rd session of the FBI National Academy and holds a graduate certificate in criminal justice education from the University of Virginia. He lives in Monroe with wife Suzanne, daughter Emily and son Benjamin.
Replacing Call as deputy chief is Capt. Fotios Koskinas, a 15-year department veteran. Also a Westport native, Koskinas joined the department in January 1996. He was promoted to sergeant in June 2006 and became a captain in June 2009.
Throughout his career, Koskinas, a 1989 graduate of Staples, has served as a K-9 unit handler and supervisor, member of the honor guard, member of the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team, supervisor of the Westport Police/Fire Dive Rescue Team, and various temporary assignments with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In 2009, he received the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Medal of Valor.
Koskinas holds a bachelors degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven and is working toward a masters in business administration. He attended the FBI Regional Command College this year. He lives in Fairfield with wife Christina and daughters Zoe and Phoebe.
Call and Koskinas will be sworn in Friday at 3:15 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.
Westport has been well served by these two officers who will lead a streamlined, modernized police force, Joseloff said in a statement. Their promotions reflect the bench strength of the department which is constantly reinventing itself to meet the changing challenges of our community.
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