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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Hamden Fire Chief Retires After Distinguished 28-Year Career

Hamden Fire Chief Retires After Distinguished 28-Year Career

Hamden – Fire Chief Gary Merwede is retiring today, effective 12:00pm, having served the Hamden Fire Department for over 28 years, beginning as a volunteer and working his way up to lead the Hamden Fire Department to where they stand today. Chief Merwede has left a tremendous mark on Hamden’s Fire Department and has guided them through challenging times.

Mayor Garrett, on behalf of the residents of Hamden, wishes to extend sincere gratitude and appreciation to Chief Merwede for his decades of dedicated work and commitment to the Town of Hamden.

Mayor Garrett commented, “Chief Merwede has served the Town of Hamden for nearly 3 decades with integrity and impeccable work ethic. He has built a foundation of professionalism in our fire service, detailed departmental budgeting, and safety improvements that will serve as a legacy for years to come. The Chief has been our rudder through tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, and a global pandemic. As emergency management director, his steadfast approach has saved lives and helped us all to recover with confidence.”

Mayor Garrett continued, “Over the last year, Chief Merwede has built a bench of qualified and capable leaders. The Hamden Fire Department will continue to serve Hamden with professionalism, integrity, and compassion through his leadership and example. Congratulations Chief, please enjoy a well-earned retirement.”

Commenting on his career with the Hamden Fire Department, Chief Merwede said, “I have been blessed to work for a department that protects the town where I grew up and raised my family, a department with an excellent reputation and hardworking dedicated firefighters and fire officers. It is every leaders’ hope that their tenure will be well regarded by history. I can say that if I have measured up to the challenge in the minds of some it is only because I have had the benefit of working for and with the best and the brightest in the professional fire service.”

Chief Merwede continued, “I also would like to thank each Department Head for their cooperation and collegial atmosphere that I have been a part of during my time as Fire Chief. Hamden has talented and dedicated people working in the public’s interest and I appreciate their hard work and willingness to partner with the Fire Department in the delivery of our mission. Thank you for your kind consideration. It has been a privilege to work with each of you.”

Chief Merwede’s retirement is more than well-deserved and we wish him the best as he starts a new chapter in his life.

For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Staff, Alexa M. Panayotakis, at (203) 287-7100 or by email at

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