On the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 1, Michael J. Wynn was officially sworn in as Chief of Police for the Pittsfield Police Department in the City of Pittsfield.
The ceremony, held in the Crane Room at the Berkshire Museum, was attended by guests including Mayor Linda Tyer, Sen. Adam Hinds, Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Rep. Paul Mark, Rep. John Barrett, District Attorney David Capeless, Sheriff Thomas Bowler, members of the City Council, community supporters, and a host of family and friends (the ceremony and reception held afterwards was funded by Wynn).
The program, led by Captain Mark Trapani who served as master of ceremonies, included a presentation and posting of colors by police personnel, a reading of the Personnel Order, an invocation by Chaplain Russell Moody, a rendition of the National Anthem, sung by Warren C. Dews, Jr., and the benediction by Pastor Joseph Farnes.
Prior to delivering the Administration of the Oath of Office, Mayor Tyer shared a few remarks about the chief and touched on the poignancy of the event – for 10 years, Wynn served as acting police chief. That all changed when his appointment to Police Chief became official this past week.
“Welcome to a truly momentous occasion. It has been 10 years since the City of Pittsfield has had a sworn Chief of Police. I am delighted that Mike Wynn, an accomplished, highly trained, community-minded law enforcement official has agreed to serve as our Chief of Police,” Tyer said.
My professional experience with Chief Wynn began when I was first elected to the City Council in 2004. From that day on, I have admired his work ethic, his thoughtfulness about the meaning of law enforcement in our community, his willingness to make hard decisions and to stand firm when challenged. Here’s what else I know: Chief Wynn cares about every single one of the officers under his command. He expects greatness and leads by example.”
After accepting the oath, Wynn thanked the many well-wishers in the room, including his wife, Christina Wynn, their families, his long-time administrative assistant, Maggie Gregory-Bilotta, and Mayor Tyer, for their continuous support that he has received through the years.
Chief Wynn then shared his reflections and thoughts from his professional journey.
“It hasn’t always been an easy path. However, I have been blessed with an outstanding team of professionals that have assisted me every step of the way. I’ve also been privileged to have been a member of a management team that has been focused on collaboration and cooperation between city departments and improving the way that we do business as an organization,” Wynn said. “10 years, three mayors, turnover of all but two of the command staff, countless hires. There has been a lot of change, but through it all, there has been one constant – the department’s commitment to providing the highest quality police service that we can to the community we serve, with the resources available to us.”
Acknowledging his critics, Wynn extended a variety of opportunities to heighten awareness and deepen community engagement. “Each critique or complaint is an opportunity for improvement. Each is a potential lesson. But I invite you to do more. We invite your participation,” he said.
For Gregory-Bilotta, who has worked alongside Wynn since 2007 in his role as Administrative Captain, this is one of the reasons that exemplify the chief’s commitment to the community.
“It’s been a long time coming. He’s worked very hard for this position, and it clearly fits him. There’s no one better suited or qualified for this job,” Gregory-Bilotta said. “It’s been a long time coming.”
And for the chief, it’s all about looking forward now. “Today is a new day and the beginning of a new opportunity.”
For more information, please call Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services, Mayor’s Office, 413-499-9322.