The men and women of the Fairfield Police Department congratulate Chief Gary MacNamara on his retirement and wish him the best in his future endeavors!
Chief MacNamara began his career with the Fairfield Police Department as a patrol officer in January 1988. He continued on to serve as a Field Training Officer and was temporarily assigned to an Auto Theft Task Force. MacNamara was promoted to Sergeant in 1998, Lieutenant in 2001 and Captain in 2006. He has also served in the capacity of a Detective and Detective Sergeant. Prior to becoming Chief, MacNamara served as the Deputy Chief of Police with duties that included overseeing the Field Services Division. He has overseen the Emergency Response Team, Hostage Negotiation Team, Training Unit, Internal Affairs, Accreditation and Public Information. MacNamara was sworn in as Chief of Police in 2010.
In 2002, MacNamara was the lead negotiator at Fairfield University where he successfully negotiated the release of 27 students and a professor held hostage on the campus by a subject claiming to possess an explosive device. That same year, MacNamara was a Fairfield County Hero Award nominee for courage, dedication and commitment to Public service, and Police officer of the year for the Bridgeport Exchange Club.
Chief MacNamara has taught in a variety of areas including Critical Incident Response, Interview and Interrogation techniques, auto theft, internet safety for both children and parents, school violence and hostage negotiations. MacNamara is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy (219), as well as a 2009 graduate of the FBI LEEDS Session #61. He is also an adjunct professor at POST University.
MacNamara is ever present in the media and was a former journalist for the Justice Journal where he wrote a monthly column called “What if.” He has appeared as the co-host of a local public access television series “Just the facts” and has appeared on the NBC Today Show, Geraldo Show, MSNBC Live, Dateline NBC and the Line-up on Fox News. MacNamara has become a vocal supporter of victims of domestic violence, and each spring, dons red high heels to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.”
Chief MacNamara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Haven, Connecticut.
Chief, thank you for your many years of service to the Town of Fairfield and to the men and women of this Department. You will be missed and we wish you all the best at Sacred Heart University! Be safe and Godspeed sir!