New Darien Police Chief Ray Osborne was formally sworn into duty during a ceremony shared with family, friends, fellow law enforcement and town officials on March 15 at Darien Town Hall. Osborne is the tenth chief in the Darien Police Department’s 92-year history; he replaces Duane Lovello, who retired last month.

Darien’s police commission appointed Osborne, a 33-year, veteran of the department, on February 1. Commission Chairman J. Paul Johnson said their choice follows the tradition of promoting within the department ranks, and that more promotions will be announced in the coming weeks.

Speaking on Wednesday, Osborne 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.”

Osborne said he will be looking to find the next generation of leadership within the department and will continue to uphold the strong reputation of the Darien Police Department. Osborne also also thanked former chief 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 new police chief thanked the people of the town for being gracious and welcoming, even as the job of police grows more demanding. 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.