(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, December 20, 2022, Mayor Rilling announced the retirement of Norwalk Police Chief Thomas E. Kulhawik after nearly 40 years of service to the Norwalk Police Department and ten years as Chief.
Chief Kulhawik was appointed Chief of the Norwalk Police Department on July 11, 2012 and has served with the Norwalk Police Department since 1983. He began his career as a patrol officer and was promoted to Detective in 1987, Sergeant in 1995, Lieutenant in 2000, and Deputy Chief in 2007.
"Chief Kulhawik has done a remarkable job leading the Norwalk Police Department and his rise through the ranks during his nearly forty-year career in the Department is a testament to his hard work and dedication to protecting the community," said Mayor Rilling. "We have been fortunate to have a police chief whose leadership style values fairness, respect and love for the residents of Norwalk. As a result of his commitment to Norwalk, he has elevated the Department to a higher level and leaves behind a legacy of devotion and courage. I thank him for his service and wish him the best in all his future endeavors and a well-deserved retirement."
"I have been blessed to have had an amazing career," said Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik. "I owe so much to the City, it's residents, as well as the Mayors and Police Commissioners that I have served who have always supported me and the Department. I have always been guided by my faith to try and do the right thing regardless of the consequences. I have always worked to act in the best interests of the community and the Department while keeping the best interests of the officers at heart. I'm proud of all that we have accomplished, and I know the Department will be in good hands moving forward."
Today is Kulhawik's last day as Chief. His official retirement date is January 4th, 2023. He will continue to serve as Commissioner on the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which he was appointed to in 2020. He also plans to continue to volunteer as the Treasurer for Norwalk PAL and serve as a mentor for a student at Brien McMahon High School.