2 longtime Fairfield officers celebrated as ‘epitome of what we’re looking for’

Two longtime Fairfield police officers were ceremonially promoted Tuesday night, an honor a city councilman said they “more than deserved and earned.”

Kevin Harrington and Michael Woodall were promoted to sergeant a couple of weeks ago but took the ceremonial oath of office before City Council.

“This is quite an honor,” said Fairfield City Councilman Ron D’Epifanio. “I can speak for everyone up here that we are so proud of you two, and all of our employees, but you are the epitome of what we’re looking for in our city.”

Woodall started with the Fairfield Police Department in 2002 and served in several roles, said Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard.

“He was a detective, SWAT officer, field training officer, firearms instructor,” he said.

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Harrington started with the police department in 2000, and for 11 years of his 19-year career as a school resource officer. Maynard said he spent most of his time as an SRO at the Fairfield High School “to make sure our students were safe.”

Harrington also had been a SWAT officer.

The open supervisory positions became available due to recent retirements, and Woodall and Harrington’s promotions make way for younger officers to come on board.

The city police department has 58 officers, which is below its authorized strength of 63.

Roughly 33 percent of the city’s police department has less than five years of experience, and 29 percent have 15 to 20 years experience, according to Maj. Greg Valandingham. About 19 percent of the force has 25 years or more of police experience.

“It’s a very good mix (of experience),” he said.

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