Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli Dies

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Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli Dies
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Huntington Police Chief Joseph Ciccarelli passed away Monday, Jan. 22, at the age of 60 after a long-term illness.

“We lost a dear friend today,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “Chief Joe was brave, and he demonstrated courage that inspired us all. Joe’s bright smile will be missed as well as his gentle but determined demeanor. He was dedicated to his love for his family, service to his community, and loyalty to his department. Most of all, he was a Huntington Police officer. We will miss our friend.”

City Council Chairman Mark Bates said. “The men and women of the Huntington Police Department and our community have lost a dedicated law enforcement officer and experienced leader. On behalf of my colleagues on Huntington City Council, we send our deepest condolences to Chief Ciccarelli’s family and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers. ”

Ciccarelli was named Huntington’s police chief on September 29, 2014, returning to the department where he began his law enforcement career in 1978. He served as a police officer and detective before joining the FBI in 1984.

Ciccarelli’s FBI career began as a special agent in St. Louis, serving as an investigator for white-collar crimes, organized crime and labor racketeering cases. In 1987, he moved to Miami, where he served as a special agent and supervisory special agent in the Organized Crime/Drug Program. He conducted or supervised numerous large-scale, international drug investigations and was the division’s drug program coordinator for three years.

Ciccarelli returned to Huntington in 1998 to serve as a special agent and coordinator of the Huntington Violent Crime/Federal Drug Task Force. He later served two separate stints as the supervisory senior resident agent in Charleston, with oversight of FBI operations in the Southern District of West Virginia; four years as the senior resident agent in Huntington; and two more years as a special agent in Charleston, leading criminal investigations with a focus on public corruption and crimes against children.

Ciccarelli earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Marshall University. In addition to numerous awards and commendations from the FBI, he was a six-time recipient of the United States Attorney’s Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer’s Award as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Career Achievement Award.

Funeral and memorial service arrangements have not been announced. HPD's entrance has been draped in black in memory of Chief Joe.

Capt. Hank Dial will continue serving as acting police chief until the Mayor makes an appointment. 


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