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Rosensweig Sworn in as Granby's Fifth Chief of Police

Former West Hartford assistant chief replaces David Watkins, who served the Granby Police Department for 30 years.

Carl Rosensweig was sworn in as Granby’s fifth-ever chief of police at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Monday evening.

Rosensweig, who most recently served as one of two assistant chiefs, took over for former Chief of Police David Watkins, who stepped down on Sept. 30 after 30 years on the Granby police force, 10 of which he spent as the town’s top cop.

After taking the oath, Rosensweig said a few words, thanking town officials, Watkins, his former colleagues in West Hartford and his family.

“I want to thank [Town Manager] Bill Smith for the confidence he showed in hiring me,” Rosensweig said. “I told him how honored and humbled I becoming [in being Granby’s chief of police].”

He promised that he wouldn’t let Smith, his officers or the community at large down and that he “will always do [his] best.”

Watkins, according to Rosensweig, left the department with quality officers who have not only kept the department running as the new chief gets acclimated to his new surroundings, but have also made the transition smooth and professional.

Rosensweig served in the West Hartford police department for 31 years.

According to the website, Rosensweig was promoted to lieutenant in the patrol division in 1995. In 1996, he was assigned to the lieutenant of the special investigations division and he was promoted to assistant chief in 2001.

Rosensweig was a member and supervisor of the SWAT team, as well as an FTO and an Honor Guard member, according to the website. He has received several commendations including one for his apprehension of a fleeing thief while off duty in June 1994, according to the website.

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