25 Hecker Avenue
Darien, CT 06820
The first meeting of the Darien Police Commission was held on May 28, 1925 at the office of Dr. Howard Stout Nielsen. At this meeting motions were entertained and passed resulting in Dr. Nielsen being appointed Chairman, Mr. Francis Holmes appointed secretary, and Chauncey Tyler appointed as the third commissioner of the Darien Police Commission. The commissioners immediately set about putting together the necessary budget to form the Darien Police Department. The Police Commission currently serves as the Town's Legal Traffic Authority and consists of three members who serve three year overlapping terms. The current members of the Commission are J. Paul Johnson, Chairman; Kim Huffard, Secretary; Tom Joyce, Member.
J. Paul Johnson has been a member of the Police Commission since July 1987 and has served as its Chairman since January 2007. Commissioner Johnson is a graduate of Darien High School, Yale College, and the Harvard Law School. He is of counsel to the Stamford law firm Curtis, Brinckerhoff and Barrett. Paul has also served for three terms on the Darien Board of Selectmen and as President of the Darien United Way and the Darien Historical Society. He resides in Darien with his wife Carole and has two children who are also graduates of the Darien Public Schools.
Kim Huffard has served on the Police Commission since April 2013. She graduated from Colgate University and earned an M.B.A. at The Tuck School at Dartmouth College. She has served on many Darien Town Boards including the YWCA, Opus for Person to Person and the Darien Library, where she was President and Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for the New Darien Library. Commissioner Huffard is currently on the board of The Darien Foundation, a trustee emeritus of the Darien Library, and a realtor with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. A lifelong Darien resident, she and her husband, Flip, have two children.
Tom Joyce has served on the Police Commission since January 2014. He is a recognized leader in the financial services industry. He has over thirty years of experience, both domestic and internationally. He is currently Executive Chairman of Arxis Capital. Prior to Arxis, Commissioner Joyce was Chairman and CEO of Knight Capital Group. He joined Knight in 2002 and retired in July 2013. From January through May of 2002, Commissioner Joyce was Global Head of Trading for S.C. Bernstein & Co. Before that, he held a variety of leadership roles in the Global Institutional Equity business at Merrill Lynch & Co, during his almost fifteen years there. He is a member of the Boards of Special Olympics Connecticut; the Alfred E. Smith Foundation; and Salisbury School. Commissioner Joyce received an AB in Economics from Harvard College. He has resided in Darien with his wife, Lisa, for almost thirty years and they have three children.
The Darien Police Commission can be contacted via the Chief's Administrative Assistant, Jan Lesko, at (203) 662-5311.
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