Finalists for Huntington police chief announced

Edited from a Press Release
Finalists for Huntington police chief announced

HUNTINGTON – Mayor Steve Williams announced Monday that Joseph Ciccarelli and Maurice Richards are the two finalists for Huntington police chief.


Ciccarelli is a former Huntington police officer and retired FBI agent with almost 30 years of service. Richards has been with the Chicago Police Department for almost 23 years and is currently is lieutenant of a district that has 100 officers and 141,000 residents.


Williams will interview both candidates this week. There is no time frame for when he will choose the next police chief.


Joseph I. Ciccarelli


Resides: Milton


Age: 57



Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Marshall University, 1981.


Professional Experience:

* Investigator for West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (March 2014-present)

* Nearly 30 years of service with FBI (March 1984-January 2014):

* Special agent in Charleston, leading criminal investigations with a focus on public corruption and crimes against children, (June 2012-January 2014).

* Supervisory senior resident agent in Charleston, leading all FBI operations in the Southern District of West Virginia (June 2010-June 2012).

* Senior resident agent in Huntington, conducting criminal investigations in six-county area of Southwestern West Virginia (September 2006-June 2010).

* Supervisory senior resident agent in Charleston, with oversight and management responsibility for FBI operations in Southern District of West Virginia (April 1999-September 2006).

* Special agent in Huntington, serving as coordinator of Huntington Violent Crime Federal Drug Task Force (June 1998-April 1999).

* Special agent and supervisory special agent in Miami, Fla., serving as an investigator and supervisor in the Organized Crime/Drug Program. Conducted or supervised numerous large-scale, international drug investigations. Also served as the Division’s drug program coordinator for three years (February 1987-June 1998).

* Special agent in St. Louis, Mo., serving as an investigator for numerous white-collar crime, organized crime and labor racketeering cases (July 1984-February 1987).

* Police officer and detective for the Huntington Police Department (September 1978-March 1984).


Maurice Richards


Resides: Chicago


Age: 60



* Doctorate degree in adult and higher education, Northern Illinois University, 2010

* Master’s degree in criminal justice, Chicago State University, 2000.

* Master’s degree in public administration, Governors State University, 1995.

* Bachelor’s degree in independent studies, Chicago State University, 1983.


Professional Experience

* Nearly 23 years of service with the Chicago Police Department.

* Lieutenant of Police, 4th District. Serves as watch commander, supervising 100 officers in a district that includes 141,000 residents and averages more than 280,000 calls per year (2006-present).

* Lieutenant of Police, 6th District. Served as tactical lieutenant for CPD’s community policing program in a district on the south side of Chicago that has a population of 105,000 and averages 275,000 calls for service per year (2004-2006).

* Lieutenant of Police, 5th District. Oversaw 130 officers and sergeants in a district that has a population of 93,000 and averages 185,000 calls for service per year (2003-2004).

* Sergeant of Police, 4th District. Planned, organized and implemented a mission-oriented bicycle patrol and led “beat teams” that reduced crime and increased citizen participation (1998-2003).

* Sergeant of Police, 22nd District. Served as sector sergeant and beat team leader addressing neighborhood crime and disorder (1996-1998).

* Police officer, 4th and 7th districts. Served as Tactical & Gang Team member in the South Chicago and Englewood districts (1992-1996).



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