At a Special Meeting held on Friday, April 13, 2018 the Simsbury Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to make a conditional offer of employment to Nicholas J. Boulter to serve as the Town of Simsbury’s next Police Chief. “We are thrilled to appoint Nick to the position of Police Chief,” said Town Manager Maria Capriola. “His many years of experience in law enforcement, high level of professionalism and intimate knowledge of our community made him rise to the top of a competitive pool of applicants.”
Boulter was hired by the Town of Simsbury as a patrol officer in March 1999. He went on to serve in several roles in the department, including detective, patrol sergeant, training sergeant and lieutenant prior to his appointment as captain in August 2012. “Captain Boulter has served the Town exceptionally over the past 19 years, demonstrating a strong commitment to community policing and playing a major role in maintaining national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies,” said Police Commission Chair Jim Fleming. Selectman Sean Askham, who chairs the Public Safety Committee and currently serves as liaison to the Police Commission, concurred. “Under Nick’s leadership, the department will continue to maintain the highest standards of excellence in meeting the needs of our community.”
According to the Town Charter, both the Town Manager and the Police Commission make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen regarding a preferred candidate, with final appointing authority for the position resting with the Board. At a meeting on April 9, 2018 the Police Commission unanimously identified Boulter as their preferred candidate for Police Chief.
Following the retirement of Chief Peter Ingvertsen in January, members of the Police Commission formed an executive search committee to find his replacement. First Selectman Wellman, Selectman Askham, and Town Manager Maria Capriola were added to the executive search committee as ex-officio members. A recruitment was conducted, and included interviews with an internal panel of stakeholders, an external panel of current and recently retired Connecticut police chiefs, Town department heads, the Fire Chief, and police department personnel. Writing assignments were also required.
Boulter will assume the role of Police Chief effective April 15, 2018. A ceremonial swearing- in reception will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 4:30pm in the Main Meeting Room of the Simsbury Town Hall. All are welcome to attend.