TORRINGTON – The Torrington Police Department is without a chief once again.
Torrington Mayor Randy Adams confirmed Monday that Tim Hurd is no longer the chief of the department. Adams did not re-appoint Hurd to that position during the Torrington City Council meeting on Jan. 7, which Adams said effectively ended Hurd’s tenure with the TPD.
Adams did not go into detail with the reason for Hurd’s dismissal, but said he received information the day of the city council meeting that led to his decision.
“I have about six or seven people who are yearly appointments, and they serve at the pleasure of the mayor,” Adams said. “He was not reappointed, so at the moment he was terminated.
“That was based on an investigation the blew up that day, on Tuesday. We had gotten enough information that we knew I could not re-appoint him, and then the investigation continued on. That is about all I can tell you at this point.”
Adams said he could not divulge any further details about the investigation, but he did confirm that it was an ongoing, internal investigation into a personnel matter, and that the investigation is not a criminal investigation.
In a text message, Hurd referred to his dismissal as an early retirement and thanked the people of Torrington for his time at the head of the department.
“I am going to enjoy my retirement and look forward to less stress,” Hurd said. “I want to thank the people of Torrington for accepting me and the changes this agency has made, as well as Mayor Adams and the entire city council for their support.”
Hurd also thanked his fellow law enforcement officers.
“The officers are the best I have had the privilege to work with,” Hurd said. “A piece of my heart will always be in Torrington.”
Hurd’s tenure with the TPD began in July 2018 after a tumultuous period. Hurd accepted the post after David Hulshizer accepted the job, then resigned after less than a month on the job.
Eric Sharp was fired in 2016 after a hit-and-run incident, and a series of interim chiefs bridged the gap between Sharp and Hulshizer.
Assistant Chief Mike Matthews will be the interim chief.