The Chief of Police is the Chief Executive Officer of the Fairfield Police Department and is appointed by the Board of Police Commissioners with the approval of the First Selectman. The Chief of Police has authority over, directs and oversees all members and divisions of the department.
Chief Christopher Lyddy grew up in the Town of Fairfield, graduating from Fairfield Prep in 1978. He is a graduate of Bryant University, having received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1982. Hired by the Fairfield Police Department in 1982, Chief Lyddy has served the Town of Fairfield in a variety of capacities including Patrol Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police in 2010. Chief Lyddy is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 215th session.
In addition to his normal duties, Chief Lyddy serves as Executive Advisor to the Fairfield Police Explorer Post, an educational program sponsored by Learning for Life, servicing youth between the ages of 13 and 21. Chief Lyddy is co-chairman of the Agape Society, a charitable organization committed to providing resources to disabled children in the greater Fairfield area. He also serves on the Board of Directors of LifeBridge, CT Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Board of Directors of Operation Hope. Chief Lyddy served for 7 years as a counselor/instructor for the FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program where he taught Constitutional Law and Ethics in Leadership each summer in Quantico, Virginia. He is also a member of the Fairfield Chapter of Rotary International.
Chief Lyddy was sworn in as Chief on January 15, 2019 and is the 10th Chief of Police in the history of the Town of Fairfield.