Starting Aug. 1, Canton will have a new police captain.
Larry Terra, now a lieutenant with the State Police and a former Bloomfield patrol officer, is being added to the force. Terra was rated the highest by a panel of three police chiefs who interviewed five candidates for the position, Canton police said.
Town Administrator Robert Skinner said Terra distinguished himself from the other candidates with his "breadth of knowledge of policing, including working in small towns and investigating major crimes."
"The captain functions as the second in command of the police department," Skinner said.
Terra comes to Canton with a wide background of experiences.
In his previous position, Terra was the commanding officer of the Special Licenses and Firearms Unit and the Sex Offender Unit. He has been managing 44 police and civilian employees.
As a member of the State Police, Terra also served in the Internal Affairs Unit, and in 2011 was the Executive Officer for the Western District Major Crimes Unit.
Terra is retiring from the State Police at the end of July.
Locally, Terra served as a patrol officer with the town of Bloomfield from 1987 to 1992 and also in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1985 until he was honorably discharged in 1993. He is a practicing Connecticut attorney.
Terra lives in New Hartford with his wife and four children.