SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Lewisboro’s newest police chief is a local product with global experience.
David Alfano, a 36-year-old Cross River resident, joined the Lewisboro Police Department in 2012 as a patrol officer. Three years ago, he was promoted to sergeant.
The 2001 John Jay High School graduate came home to Lewisboro after seeing six years of active duty with the United States Coast Guard, rising to the rank of boatswain’s mate petty officer first class. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Coast Guard’s reserve forces.
Supervisor Peter Parsons said he was an obvious successor to Charlie Beckett, who has retired after serving as a part-time chief since 2016.
Alfano, who will be a full-time police chief, was appointed to the position in April by the Town Board. He will earn a $130,000 salary.
“He has been a very good sergeant,” Parsons said. “He really knew the town well because he had grown up here, been to school here. Second, he had gotten experience outside of the town.”
Alfano’s latest promotion was celebrated on Monday, July 1, at the Lewisboro Library, where dozens of friends, family members, colleagues and community members attended his swearing-in ceremony.
“It’s an absolute dream come true for me,” Alfano said, surrounded by his wife and two children. “There’s no other town I would want to work for.”
Alfano has also garnered the respect of neighboring law enforcement agencies, having worked part-time with the Westchester County Narcotics Unit. He has assisted on many drug arrests in the tristate area, including in Lewisboro. While in the Narcotics Unit, Alfano was deputized on a temporary basis with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to work on special cases.
“I have confidence in the community and my cops,” Alfano said last week. “Together, we’ll achieve great things.”
In an interview, Parsons praised Beckett for guiding the Lewisboro Police Department through a transition period after its former chief, Frank Secret, retired in 2016. At that time, Parsons said, it was “too early for any of our young, new full-timers to take over.”
Beckett, he said, was a part-time chief in salary only. Already retired from the Lewisboro force and drawing a pension, Beckett was limited by the state to earning $30,000 as the interim chief. “He gave a huge amount of his time to the town for free,” Parsons said. “Charlie Beckett did us a huge favor.”
Beckett’s retirement and Alfano’s promotion are a net loss for the department, but Parsons said there are no immediate plans to hire another officer.