The Deputy Chief is second in command of the Fairfield Police Department and is appointed by the Board of Police Commissioners with the approval of the First Selectman. The Deputy Chief assists the Chief in organizing, scheduling, and directing the work of all department personnel as well as supervising the operation of all divisions within the department.
Deputy Chief Donald Smith joined the Fairfield Police Department in 1990. As a patrol officer he was assigned to the department’s newly formed tactical squad. The squad was tasked with varied assignments from motor vehicle enforcement to burglary stake-outs. Deputy Chief Smith was also assigned as a field training officer.
In 1998 Deputy Chief Smith was promoted to Detective. In 2000, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned as a Patrol Supervisor. In addition to his duties as a Patrol Sergeant, he supervised the dive team, was a field training supervisor, a member of the Emergency Services Unit and a crew member on Eagle One, a police rescue helicopter, and as a crew member, deployed to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and flew numerous relief missions into the city and surrounding areas. He was also assigned to Special Services and supervised the Emergency Communications Center and accident investigators.
In 2006, Deputy Chief Smith was promoted to Lieutenant. He was initially assigned as a Patrol Shift Commander but later became the Professional Standards Commander.
Deputy Chief Smith was promoted to Captain in 2009. Since that time, he has been assigned as Patrol Division Commander and Commander of the Support Services Bureau.
Deputy Chief Smith has received a certificate as a paramedic from Norwalk Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sacred Heart University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Deputy Chief Smith has earned the Luciano Award for graduating top of his class at the Connecticut Police Academy, a lifesaving award, Medal of Exceptional Merit, three letters of Commendation, 13 noteworthy police work recognitions, a certificate of achievement for his response to Hurricane Katrina, a certificate of appreciation from the United States Secret Service, a certificate of appreciation from the White House Medical Unit, Volunteer of the Year award from Westport EMS and an Unsung Hero award from the American Red Cross.