New London police chief retiring
NEW LONDON - The town's police chief, David Seastrand, is retiring at the end of the month.
Seastrand has been chief since 1995. Prior to being chief, he was a patrolman and a dispatcher, town officials said.
In a letter to selectmen on Monday, Seastrand did not give a reason for his departure. "After many months of consideration, and discussions with many trusted friends and family, I have chosen to retire," he wrote. "I have enjoyed the 27 years of employment to the town of New London. It has been my honor to have worked with so many dedicated individuals throughout the years, that have made this job and my experiences working here so meaningful."
In his remaining time with the department, Seastrand said he "will do everything that I can to help make a smooth transition for the police department.
"I want to thank you for your support, and wish the very best for the town as they move forward in the selection of a new chief," he wrote.
Selectman Peter Bianchi said Seastrand is well-liked in town and formed a special bond with town employees and town residents when he battled and beat cancer many years ago.
Seastrand, who could not be reached for comment, lives with his wife and family in Springfield, he said.
"He's my friend," said Bianchi. "I've known him and I respect him, he's been extremely professional."
Bianchi said he isn't sure why Seastrand was leaving, but said he will be appreciated for his service. "In my opinion, he served the town very well," Bianchi said.