MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Mamaroneck Police Officer Mathieu Ricozzi was promoted to patrol sergeant Monday night by the Board of Trustees.
Ricozzi, 35, has served as an officer for almost 10 years. The Putnam County resident was promoted to fill a patrol sergeant position vacated by Sgt. Charles Lanza, who will replace Det. Lt. Steven Gerardi as detective sergeant when he retires next month.
"The role of sergeant is a very difficult one and very important in the hierarchy of any police department," said Christopher Leahy, village police chief. "A sergeant is a planner, a personnel officer, a trainer and a controller. A sergeant is also a decision maker, a communicator. He is a leader."
The board began Monday's meeting by assembling as a board of police commissioners and voted unanimously to adopt a resolution authorizing the promotion. Afterward, Mayor Norman Rosenblum swore Ricozzi in.
"After tonight you will relinquish the comfort for being responsible for only yourself and will be responsible for all of those you supervise," Leahy said. "It is a big undertaking for you and your family. But I know you're the right officer for the job."
Before beginning Monday's meeting, the board took a moment of silence to honor Sgt. Thomas Anderson, who died March 17. The Mamaroneck resident was a 16-year veteran of the village police department.
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