DARIEN — Capt. Ray Osborne has had a lot of titles in his 33 years with the Darien Police Department: administrative lieutenant, lieutenant and as of July, captain. But on Feb. 16, he’ll take on a new title: chief.

The Darien Police Commission named Capt. Ray Osborne the next police chief at a commission meeting Feb. 1.

Capt. Osborne joined the Darien Police Department in 1983. Prior to this, he worked with the Easton Police Department, starting in 1981.

“I was honored to receive the news last night that I will be taking over for Chief Lovello upon his retirement,” Osborne said. “I would like to thank the Police Commission for the faith that they have shown in me by appointing me to the position of Chief of Police. My immediate goal is to continue to provide professional, responsive and efficient police services to the community that we serve. We have a tremendous group of dedicated, hardworking men and women at the Darien Police Department and I know that I can depend on each and every one of them to continue our tradition of excellence.”

In 1997, Osborne graduated from Fairfield County Detective School. He served on the detective division and was a member of the Fairfield County Regional Burglary Squad. In 2000, Osborne was promoted to sergeant and in 2008, he was promoted to lieutenant. He was promoted to captain in July 2016.

Osborne is also a 2010 graduate of the Roger Williams University mid-level police management program and a 2013 graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police training program at Boston University. Osborne has an undergraduate and graduate degree in criminal justice from Iona College.

Osborne is an adjunct professor at Housatonic Community College. He is also the Commander of the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team Hostage Negotiation Unit and supervises the Darien Police Department Domestic Violence Unit.

Osborne said his prior administrative roles in the department prepared him to take over as chief. He said he’s looking forward to working on the department’s relationship with youths in the community.

“One thing we pride ourselves on is figuring out ways to improve relationships with the youth in the community at the high school and middle school levels,” he said. “I’m going to be talking with youth officers, our new school resource officer and see if there’s programs we currently have that might be stale and need updating or new programs to initiate.”

Osborne is also looking forward to continuing the legacy of current Chief Duane Lovello who will serve his last day on Feb. 15 after 35 years with the department.

“I’m pretty comfortable with taking on role and it makes it a lot easier because we have a great group of people here and Chief Lovello is leaving us in a good spot,” Osborne said. “His place runs well and a lot is due to efforts of Chief Lovello. I know I’ve got big shoes to fill, but he’s set us up nicely for the future.”

“I was very happy to see my replacement come from within the Department,” Lovello said in a statement. “The team that the Police Commission and staff have worked very hard to assemble, at every rank, gives us a tremendous depth of talent. Ray Osborne is a consummate and respected police professional. The Town is in very good hands with Ray at the helm of the police department. I wish him and the entire staff of the Department, sworn and civilian, continuing success.”

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