The New Canaan Police Commission announced Thursday the promotion of Interim Police Chief Leon M. Krolikowski, Jr., to a more permanent position. He has officially lost the "interim" title.
Krolikowski was named the permanent police chief Thursday morning after having held the interim position since June 28, 2013, when Chief Edward Nadriczny retired.
"It was very nerve wracking," Krolikowski said. "It was a long and arduous process. Maybe 50 to 70 people applied for the position and it was narrowed down over the months. It was pretty intense and draining. They held interviews last night and i didn't know I had the job until they told me."
Krolikowski, a 24-year veteran of the department and long-time town resident, has previously held the position of Captain and Commander of the Staff Services and Operations Divisions.
Krolikowski has a law degree from Quinnipiac University, is a 2013 MBA candidate at The University of Massachusetts and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
"I'm very excited. I have a lot of work ahead of me," Krolikowski said. "I definitely had a good head start [being interim chief.] But I didn't take on anything of a permanent basis. Now I can approach things of a more permanent nature knowing I have the time to follow through on them."