Dave Eklund, Shelton Chief of Police, has announced his retirement, effective May 15, 2014. Eklund began his career with the City of Shelton on May 15, 1981. On the date of his retirement, he will have worked for the Shelton Police Department for 33 years.
Eklund rose through the ranks. In 1985 he was promoted to Sergeant. In April 2001 he was made Lieutenant. Then in 2011 he was appointed Chief of Police.
While working as Lieutenant he served twice as Interim Chief, once while the regular Chief was unavailable, and another time after the former Chief, Terry Davenport resigned.
One of Eklund’s most challenging duties was managing the investigation and arrest associated with recent homicides. He expressed pride in his team for successfully capturing suspects and assisting in their prosecutions.
As Chief, one of Eklund’s proudest achievements was a 17% drop in reported crimes, between calendar years 2012 and 2013. Eklund will provide details on this in the Police Department’s Annual Report, which will be delivered later this year.
In the coming weeks, the City will begin a recruitment process to select the next Chief of Police. Eklund will be available to help with the selection and to manage the department while the City looks for a new leader for the Police Department.
The City of Shelton offers its sincere gratitude to Dave Eklund for his years of service to our community.
February 28, 2014/City of Shelton Press Release