Scott Sansom sworn in as East Hartford's new police chief
By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jan. 3, 2014
Scott Sansom, the new chief of police for East Hartford, was officially sworn into office during a brief ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Family, friends and officers from East Hartford, Sansom’s former department in Hartford and other departments from the Greater Hartford area packed the Town Council chambers to see East Hartford’s 13th chief of police sworn into office by Town Clerk Robert Pasek.
“I’m overwhelmed by the support here,” said Sansom. “This is a special day and I thank you for being here to share it with my family. I certainly couldn’t have done it without them.”
Sansom replaces retired police chief Mark Sirois and will be paid $109,766 per year.
“We’re all happy that we have Chief Sansom as our new chief,” said East Hartford Police Sgt. Michael DeMaine. “We’re all optimistic for the future – and just looking at his resume, he’s an All-Star officer from Hartford and he’s done a lot in his career, and we’re hoping to have him carry that on in East Hartford.”
Sansom arrives in East Hartford after a 20-year career with the Hartford Police Department in a variety of roles, including patrol officer, patrol supervisor, intelligence division commander in the detective bureau and police captain. Most recently, Sansom was the deputy chief of police.
The 44-year-old grew up in South Windsor and has close connections with East Hartford through family, friends and past working relationships such as special joint task forces. “Even though I’m an outside chief, I don’t feel so much as an outsider,” said Sansom.
Sansom has an associate’s degree from Manchester Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in public policy from Trinity College.
“I look forward to the challenges that will come before me,” said Sansom. “I also look forward to building new relationships and continuing the old ones with members of the East Hartford Police Department, the other town departments, the Board of Education and the community.”