MAHOPAC, N.Y. - After a three-month-long search, the Town Board named the new chief of the Carmel Police Department last week.
At the Dec. 15 board meeting, Supervisor Ken Schmitt announced that Anthony Hoffman, a lieutenant with the Town of Mamaroneck Police Department, has been chosen for the post.
The appointment comes in the wake of the retirement of former Chief Mike Cazzari, who stepped down on July 31 to take advantage of an early-retirement incentive offered by the town.
“We received 12 resumes, and quite a few were very impressive,” Schmitt said. “There were officers with a lot of leadership experience.”
Schmitt said the interview process began in September and the field was narrowed to five candidates. Eventually, it was reduced to three finalists and Hoffman was chosen from that field
“His resume was extremely impressive,” Schmitt said of Hoffman. “He has 22 years of experience. He started in 1998 with the NYPD and then transferred to Mamaroneck four years later, and eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant in that department.”
Most recently, Hoffman was the commanding officer of the patrol division with the Mamaroneck PD, responsible for planning, staffing, budgeting, training and discipline of 30 police officers. In the absence of the chief, Hoffman would assume those responsibilities. He also coordinated operations between emergency agencies and other government agencies and was responsible for conducting internal-affairs investigations.
Hoffman was the department’s instructor for topics such as firearms, active-shooter response, first aid CPR and tactical emergency-casualty care.
Hoffman received a master’s degree with honors from American Military University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Iona College.
He also attended the FBI command college for law enforcement executives from the tri-state area at Princeton University.
“His resume is very impressive and it’s one of the reasons we selected him,” Schmitt said. “We had other excellent candidates. It was difficult toward the end of the interview process.”
As Schmitt readied to swear Hoffman in as the new top cop, he told him, “I am sure you are going to have a great career here because you will have such excellent men and women working for you. We look forward to really great things. I know they are going to have a really great leader at the helm and the community will be pleased with our selection.”
Hoffman, who officially takes the reins on Jan. 4, grew up on Long Island, in Mineola, and has lived in Yorktown with his wife, Ann, for the past 13 years.
He said making the adjustment from Mamaroneck to Carmel/Mahopac won’t be difficult because the towns and police departments are about the same size. Mamaroneck PD has 30 offers; Carmel has 35.
Asked about his management style and philosophy, Hoffman said it’s all about making sure the officers have the proper training.
“It’s about training your people,” he said. “You delegate so they can do their job and then get out of their way. That has served me well.”