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.

Lt. Col. David Montini was promoted from lieutenant and will now head the Office of Field Operations. In his most recent assignment, he was chief of staff to the Lt. Col. Montini has been a trooper for more than 20 years and has earned seven unit citation awards, as well as the TFC Allan J. Tuskowski Award for Excellence in Training.

Montini was leader of Troop A in Southbury, and a member of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force. He previously was a detective with the Western District Major Crime Squad, served at Troop G in Bridgeport, and on the Fugitive Task Force and Extradition Unit. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and formerly worked as a police officer in Meriden.

Lt. Col. Michael Davis was promoted from major and will take on his new assignment as commanding officer of the Office of Professional Standards. His most recent assignment was head of the State Police Central District. He previously served as commanding officer of the Office of Training and Support Services as well as Troop A in Southbury and Troop B in North Canaan.

A trooper for more than 24 years, Davis has earned a department medal for meritorious service and two unit citation awards. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

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