Happy 99th Birthday To Retired Captain Pat Carroll!
Members of the Fairfield Police Department, along with Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick had the opportunity to pay Pat a visit today and “crash” a family gathering! He was quick to remind us that “next year we’ll celebrate the triple digits!”
Pat is a lifelong resident of Fairfield. He is a World War II Veteran who served in the European Theater and then remained in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1968 when he retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. After the War, he returned to Fairfield and joined the Police Department. He served the public as a police officer for 30 years, retiring as Captain and graduating from the FBI National Academy as the second individual from the Fairfield Police Department invited to attend the academy.
Among his many accomplishments and responsibilities as a leader in our community, Pat established the Fairfield Police Athletic League, was President of the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club, and served as a Fairfield Fire Commissioner, Shellfish Commissioner, and Harbor Management Commissioner. He was a multi-decade member of the volunteer Fairfield Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 and served as its Chief. He’s been a leader for all local Veteran’s activities and organizations and was Master of Ceremonies for the Fairfield Memorial Day Parade for more than 20 years. Always an avid boater, fisherman, and hunter, he was the outdoor columnist for two newspapers, was a charter member of the Citizens Advisory Council to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and served for many years as a member of the New England Fishery Management Council.
Pat also spent many years helping to guide safe and beneficial use of Southport Harbor and protect the harbor’s vital resources and character for future generations to enjoy.
In 1986, Pat was appointed to serve on the newly created Fairfield Harbor Management Commission and, along with the other commissioners, charged with the difficult task of working with a myriad of governmental agencies and stakeholders to prepare a Town plan to manage Southport Harbor in the public interest. The Plan was necessary in order that the Corps of Engineers would agree to dredge the harbor and so the Town could attain an increased measure of local control relative to state and federal authorities.
In 1992, Governor Lowell Weicker appointed him as State of Connecticut Harbor Master for Southport.
When Pat became Harbor Master, the Harbor Management Commission was still involved in the 10-year, often difficult process to prepare and adopt the Southport Harbor Management Plan. When the RTM adopted the Plan in 1995, Pat had played an indispensable role. As commissioner and then Harbor Master, he helped develop solutions to what once seemed to be unsolvable conflicts among the Town, the Corps of Engineers, the DEP, and even the U.S. Attorney’s office. Pat also served as the main conduit for open dialogue of those solutions with the general public.
For 22 years, until his retirement as Harbor Master in 2014, he brought the same exceptional personal qualities to every harbor management task, whether it be dredging, improvement of public access facilities, protection of shellfish resources, and review of waterfront property owners’ plans for docks, piers, and seawalls. Those qualities include honesty, fairness, and good judgment, along with respect for everyone.
Since his retirement, Pat has enjoyed spending time with family, enjoying all Fairfield and life has to offer and continues to provide invaluable assistance to the Harbor Management Commission and his successors.