New chief and promotions mark new era for Darien Police Department
Spring will be a season of change for the Darien Police Department. New Chief of Police Ray Osborne was formally sworn into duty on Wednesday, March 15 and announced three more promotions within the department on two days later. Lieutenant John P. Lawlor was promoted to the rank of captain, Sergeant Jeremiah P. Marron Jr. was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and Detective Nicholas Aranzullo was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Osborne is the tenth chief in the Darien Police Department’s 92-year history; he replaces Duane Lovello, who retired on February 15. During a ceremony shared with family, friends, fellow law enforcement and town officials at Town Hall, Osborne said he will would be looking to find the Darien Police Department’s next generation of leadership.
The chief thanked his wife Susan and his three children Amanda, Christie and Ray for their support, acknowledging the stress that a career in law enforcement can bring to a household.
“The hours, the odd shifts, the stress, the missed holidays and birthdays and everything else that goes with this job takes a huge toll on family life sometimes and I’m so fortunate that I have such a great, supportive family,” Osborne said. “I know that Amanda and Christie have very fond memories of reading the promotional test quiz books to me when they were about nine or 10-years-old.”
Darien’s new police chief thanked the people of the town for being gracious and welcoming, even as the job of police grows more demanding. Osborne also acknowledged Lovello for his service, saying the former chief brought the department “into the 21st century.”
“A great leader grows as things change, and things are surely changing in police work, every single day,” Osborne said.
Darien’s police commission appointed Osborne, a 33-year, veteran of the department, on Feb. 1. During the ceremony Commission Chairman J. Paul Johnson said their choice follows the tradition of promoting within the department ranks, hinting at the promotions that were announced on Friday. First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said Osborne’s appointment provides “wonderful continuity” to the department.
“We are so blessed in our town to have an exemplary cadre of law enforcement professionals and a terrific police commission to guide them,” Stevenson said.
Captain John Lawlor is a 31-year veteran of the department. He was promoted to sergeant in 2000 and lieutenant in 2013 where he served as a supervisor in the patrol and training divisions. He instituted the department’s crisis intervention team and also the department’s Project Lifesaver program. Lawlor is a member of the school safety committee and is a long standing member of the department’s SCUBA team and the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team. He is a 2007 graduate of the Fairfield County Detective School and a 2014 graduate of Roger Williams University Mid-Level Police Management Program. Captain Lawlor holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Iona College and a MSW from Fordham University. He is a licensed clinical social worker and volunteers in the marriage ministry at his church. Lawlor will be supervising the field services bureau.
Lieutenant Jeremiah P. Marron Jr. is a 21-year veteran of the Department. Graduating from the Connecticut Police Academy in 1996, Marron has been assigned to the Detective Division as a supervisor for the past three years. In June of 2006, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was assigned to the patrol division. Marron served on the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team (SWAT) for nine years and was a field training officer for six years. He is the Department’s Public Information Officer and currently is a member of the SCUBA Team serving as a rescue diver. Lt. Marron is also the Selective Enforcement Unit, K-9 Unit and Accident Investigation Team Supervisor.
Marron is a 2016 recipient of the United States Attorney’s Award and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sacred Heart University. In addition, he is a 2009 graduate of the Roger Williams University First Line Supervisor School, and a 2012 graduate of the University of New Haven Center For Advanced Policing, Innovation In Police Management Program. Marron will be assigned to the patrol division.
Sergeant Nicholas Aranzullo is a 12-year veteran of the Department. Currently assigned to the Detective Division, he graduated from the Connecticut Police Academy in 2005. In 2008, Aranzullo and Marron spearheaded the initiative to form the Darien Police Department’s first K9 Unit. In 2009, he was selected to be the Department’s first K9 handler. Aranzullo and his partner, K9 “Zulu” worked in the patrol division where they were the recipients of numerous awards and commendations. K9 “Zulu” was retired from service in October of 2016 at which time Aranzullo was reassigned to the Detective Division. Sgt. Aranzullo is a graduate of Roger Williams University where he received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in Psychology. Aranzullo will be assigned to the patrol division.
The three promotions will be officiated by a swearing-in ceremony on April 5 at 6 p.m. at the Darien Community Association.