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Westport Police Department Swears In New Officer, Promotes One To Detective

Left to right: Chief of Police Dale Call, Officer Michael Tomanelli, Detective Sharon Russo and First Selectman Jim Marpe.
Left to right: Chief of Police Dale Call, Officer Michael Tomanelli, Detective Sharon Russo and First Selectman Jim Marpe. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Police Department welcomed a new officer to the fold and promoted another to the rank of detective at a ceremony in the department’s classroom on Monday, March 28.

Sharon Russo, an eight-year veteran of the force, officially became a detective during the proceedings, while Michael Tomanelli, 21, a native of Marlboro, N.Y., was sworn in as the department's newest police officer.

First Selectman Jim Marpe administered the oath of office.

Russo, who finished first in the promotional testing process, attended Marymount Manhattan College and has earned the Westport Police Investigator’s Award.

Her promotion fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Detective William Harsche.

Tomanelli is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Sacred Heart University, where he completed his undergraduate studies.

He will begin his recruit training at the Connecticut Police Academy on Friday, April 1.

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