A member of the Ridgefield Police Department is retiring after nearly 30 years on the job. Major Stephen Brown began his career with the Ridgefield Police Department in 1993. He started the Citizen Police Academy and the department's participation in the Special Olympics Torch Run, was a member of the department’s road racing team, expanded the department’s physical fitness program, and was the recipient of the Exceptional Service Award in 2000. In addition to being in command of the Department in the absence of the Chief, Major Brown oversaw the commanders of the Uniform, Detective, Professional Standards, and Communications Divisions. During his tenure, Brown moved through the ranks as Patrol Officer, Detective, Lieutenant, Captain of the Division of Professional Standards, Detective Division Commander, and Uniform Division Commander prior to being promoted to the rank of Major in 2011. Brown investigated internal affairs complaints, coordinated hiring, examines FOI requests, supervises all scheduling, writes grant proposals, and assists in payroll and budgeting.