Deputy Police Chief David Farrell
Deputy Police Chief Ryan Paulsson

WESTPORT — Another round of changes in the top ranks of the Westport Police Department has taken effect with the promotion of two captains to deputy chief.

Capts. David Farrell and Ryan Paulsson were sworn in to their new positions Friday in Town Hall.

The promotions follow new employment arrangements for Chief Foti Koskinas and Deputy Chief Sam Arciola approved last month. Both officers were eligible for retirement, under terms of their employment with the town. But they agreed to remain in their jobs via “consulting” contracts under which they will start collecting their pensions in addition to their salaries.

Koskinas’s deal with the town is for three years, while Arciola’s is for another year.

In a statement announcing the promotions, Koskinas said both Farrell and Paulsson possess “an outstanding work ethic and strong commitment to the town of Westport.”

Farrell was hired as a patrol officer in 2001, promoted to sergeant in 2009 and to lieutenant in 2012, a period when he was the department’s administrative lieutenant and served as the public information officer. 

He was promoted to captain in 2017. During his tenure in that position, he commanded the Operations Division, and currently is in charge of  Professional Standards Division and training.

Farrell also was a crisis negotiator with the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team and is a former member of the department’s Honor Guard. Additionally, he was the vice president of the Westport Police Union and the Police Benevolent Association.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Paulsson was hired as a patrol officer in 2000, was promoted to sergeant in 2012 and to lieutenant in 2014, during which period he was the training lieutenant.  

He was promoted to the rank of captain in 2017, and during that time commanded the Professional Standards Division and is currently in charge of the Operations Division as well as the police/fire dive rescue team.

Paulsson also is a former K-9 handler and was a team leader for the Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team. Additionally, he is a certified law-enforcement instructor.

He has a bachelor’s degree in justice and law administration from Western Connecticut State University and is pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice at Sacred Heart University.