|By Rich Scinto, New Haven Register, Conn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Grasso, a 22 1/2 -year veteran of the department, most recently was head of the
"I'm deeply honored to have been a
His supervisor, Lt.
Francia, a 26-year veteran, was a sergeant in patrol. He was promoted to sergeant in early 2013 and previously was part of the department's motorcycle squad. Fellow officers described him as someone who could be counted on to show younger officers the ropes of being a cop.
The two sergeants are part of a recent wave of retirements in the department. Assistant chiefs
Many officers and firefighters have cited coming changes in the retiree health insurance package as a reason for retirement.
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