Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo as the City’s next Police Chief. A 1996 graduate of Dartmouth College, Del Pozo comes to Burlington following more than 18 years of service with the New York Police Department, including a number of command-level positions. The mayor has asked the City Council to approve the appointment at its July 13, 2015 meeting, and if approved, del Pozo would take up his position from Acting Chief Jannine Wright effective September 1, 2015.
“For 150 years the Burlington Police Department has played a central role in the safety and quality of life of this wonderful city and has earned the deep respect and appreciation of the public,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo has the experience, education, and perspective to carry on these traditions, strengthen the Department and its ties to the community, and lead the City’s efforts to address our new and growing public safety challenges.”
Brandon del Pozo. Dartmouth College photo.
After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1996, del Pozo joined the NYPD and rose to command two separate precincts – one in the Bronx and the other in Manhattan’s West Village, which includes New York University – each larger than the Burlington Police Department. Del Pozo held a number of other command positions within the NYPD, which is a Department of over 34,000 officers, including managing strategic projects for the Police Commissioner, advising the Chief of Department, and leading the creation of the largest social media program in U.S. law enforcement.
“I could not be more excited to serve as the next Burlington Police Chief,” said Deputy Inspector del Pozo. “This City has high expectations of its police officers, and I am eager to lead a Department that strives to meet them.”
As the head of the Police Department, del Pozo will be responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the 100 sworn officers and nearly 40 civilian employees and providing equitable and culturally competent police protection and service throughout the City. Del Pozo and his family have ties to Vermont and the region, have made numerous visits to Burlington over the past two decades, and during his service with the U.S. Army National Guard he was posted at the U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho from July 2003 to July 2004.
Del Pozo’s appointment follows a national search that resulted in 18 applicants who met the minimum application requirements from Vermont and around the country. The details of the search process are outlined in the attached memorandum to the City Council, and the members of the Search Committee are also named in a separate attachment.
Police Chief Search Committee
Dave Clements Burlington Police Officer Association Representative
Dave Hartnett City Councilor, North District
Karen Vastine Department of Children and Families
Mary Morrisey Deputy State's Attorney
Andi Higbee Former Burlington Deputy Chief
Tris Coffin Former U.S. Attorney
Patrick Brown Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, UVM
Sarah Kenney Police Commission Chair
Nyree Miles Police Commissioner
Meg Mallat AFSCME Representative
Kevin Scully Retired Burlington Police Chief
Kyle Dodson School Board / Champlain College
Amila Merdzanovic Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
Susan Leonard City of Burlington Human Resources
Brian Lowe City of Burlington Mayor's Office
Burlington, VT – Burlington, 7.7.2015