MIDDLETOWN — The Connecticut State Police promoted three troopers to command staff positions during a ceremony this week at the State Police Training Academy in Meriden.

James C. Rovella, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and Col. Stavros Mellekas, state police commanding officer, formally promoted the troopers during the event, according to a press release.

Lt. Col. John S. Eckersley, former commanding officer of Troop F in Westbrook, was promoted from captain and will lead the Office of Administrative Services. He most recently served as acting commanding officer in the Bureau of Special Investigations.

In more than 29 years as a trooper, Eckersley served as head of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force, in the Auto Theft Unit, Casino Unit and the Eastern District Major Crime Squad. In addition, he has served at Troop K in Colchester. During his career, he earned three medals for meritorious service, a lifesaving award, and five unit citation awards. Eckersley earned his bachelor of science degree from Westfield State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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Connecticut State Police promote top command staff

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