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Norwalk's New Top Police Duo Draws Praise

NORWALK, Conn. – The new team at the top of Norwalk's cop shop is "definitely the tops," according to Lt. Paul Vinett.

"We're so happy, we were all waiting for this day and it's finally come to fruition," Vinett said Wednesday after Thomas Kulhawik was sworn in as Norwalk's new chief of police and David Wrinn as his deputy. "We're sad to see Chief Rilling leave, he's done a tremendous job here at the department.

"But we know that Tom and Dave working as a team together — I should say Chief Kulhawik and Deputy Chief Wrinn working together — are going to be fabulous, absolutely fabulous team to lead this department. I'm going to be very proud working for both of them."

Kulhawik accepted the post with gratitude, thanking the many people in the room, including former Chief Harry Rilling, as shown in the video above.

The Rev. Nellie Mann, who is on leave from her post as the Norwalk police chaplain, said she was happy Kulhawik was chosen.

"He has 30 years of experience," she said. "He knows the community, he knows every police officer. I have a lot of respect for him because I've had the opportunity to be the interviewer for police officers coming in. I've seen coming him in and out. He's easy to talk to, and he's going to be wonderful for the community. I'm very excited for him. He certainly has my vote."

Kulhawik was "a very impressive candidate" when he was considered for deputy chief in 2007, police commissioner Dan O'Connor said. "I still find him a very impressive candidate. He was my No. 1 pick for deputy chief back in 2007 and he is my pick for chief in 2012."

Vinett is thrilled with the team and that they are home grown. "They work well together, they communicate with people well. They know our needs. They came up through the ranks," Vinnet said. "They've done so much for the department already, but they just keep moving on and forging ahead, as they have."

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