PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Police Department is restructuring its command staff and the supervision of key functional areas, Chief Michael Wynn said Friday.
The chief said in a press release that the changes follow recent "personnel departures, changes, and requests," and mean that several key command officers will be taking on new assignments.
A key change was the departure of Capt. Patrick Barry, a 27-year veteran of the department and commander of the Detective Bureau, who announced his decision to retire in late 2015, Wynn said, and whose retirement was effective on Jan. 3.
He added, "Captain Barry's departure has presented us with an opportunity to make some changes, mix things up, and interject some fresh perspective into our organization and operations. We wish Chief Barry well in his new endeavors, and I'm looking forward to the energy that these new assignments will bring to the department."
Wynn also said that Barry "will continue to serve in law enforcement as the chief of police of another local community."
He said in a subsequent email that Barry's appointment has not yet been made public.
Wynn said the retirement led to an opportunity for internal discussion and some personnel assignment changes. "For both the betterment of the department, and for the professional development of some key personnel," he said, the staff changes will become effective this week.
At his request, Capt. David Granger will assume command of the Administrative Services Division, effective Sunday, Wynn said. In that capacity, Granger will have responsibility for a wide variety of administrative functions, including records, procurement and human resources.
Granger will also serve as the department's primary Public Information Officer.
Granger is a 31-year veteran of the department and has served the past 10 years as commander of the Uniformed Patrol Division. Prior to that, Granger spent many years in both the Detective Bureau and the Drug Unit, ultimately supervising both units. He also served as a Patrol supervisor.
Capt. John Mullin, a 29-year veteran of the department, has spent the past eight years as the commander of the Administrative Services Division, Wynn said. Prior to that command, Mullin served as a shift commander and patrol supervisor in the Uniformed Patrol Division.
Effective Sunday, Mullin will transfer to the Uniformed Patrol Division as the division commander. He will be in command of all Patrol functions, to include all three patrol shifts, Traffic, K-9, and special events.
Mullin also will continue as department liaison to the Traffic Commission, the Pittsfield Community Connection through the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative and Shannon grants, and the Elizabeth Freeman Center through a Violence Against Women Act grant.
Lt. Michael Grady, a 21-year veteran of the department, has been named the interim Detective Bureau commander, filling a vacancy created by Brady's retirement.
Grady has served for the past five years as the detective lieutenant (second in command) of the bureau on the evening shift. Effective Sunday, Grady will assume command of the Detective Bureau, Drug Unit and Crime Scene Services, pending the completion of a formal civil service promotional process.
Grady will be assisted by the current Drug Unit supervisor and a temporary detective sergeant.
"The department's senior commanders have spent between five and 15 years in their current assignments," the chief said. "While each division commander assignment places various requirements and demands on the commander, they all present significant challenges, time commitments, and personal investment."