The city and fire departments will lose some of their leaders at the end of the month.
Two of the police department’s four assistant chiefs, Thaddeus Reddish and Denise Blanchard, are retiring. So is Assistant Fire Chief Ralph Black.
“It’s the right time,” Black (pictured) said Friday afternoon. “We’re going into a new contract. There are some changes, with health insurance. It’s been a good run.”
Black, who has been on the job 27 years, said he doesn’t yet have a new job lined up. He’s working on the resume. “I look at it as a new opportunity.”
Reddish (pictured), a 22-year veteran of the police force who for years oversaw the Newhallville/East Rock district, said he has some “interviews lined up” for the next chapter in his career.
“The city’s been good to me,” he said.
Blanchard could not be reached for comment.
posted by: JustAnotherTaxPayer on May 30, 2014 7:16pm
Just 22 years on the job and retiring as an Assistant Chief. Wow! Sounds like a good chief’s candidate for a whole lot of other departments.
posted by: Jim Travers on May 30, 2014 7:22pm
It was a pleasure to work with each one of them. They are the true definition of New Haven’s finest! I wish you all the best.
Chief Black, I can’t say that I miss working in the emergency operations center with you for days on end - but I am glad that I got to work with the best! Cheers!
posted by: Edward Francis on May 30, 2014 8:01pm
Assistant Chief of Operations Ralph Black will leave behind an unblemished record of his service to the City of New Haven and Fire Department. He can hold his head up high as he came through the ranks serving as a Lieutenant and Captain on the fire line. As the operations chief he directed the tactics at many major fires. He earned his position through the Civil Service examination process. He is a role model to future leaders of the department. Hats off to a great leader on a well earned retirement.