GARY MACNAMARA has been a member of the Fairfield Police Department for over 23 years, currently holding the position of Chief of police, overseeing a department consisting of 107 sworn members and well over 100 non sworn members. Throughout his career he has served in a variety of capacities including: Field Training Officer, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Police Chief. In the past he has overseen the Emergency Response Team, Hostage Negotiators, Training Unit, Internal Affairs, Accreditation and Public Information.
In 2002, he was the lead negotiator at Fairfield University where he successfully negotiated the release of 27 students and a professor held hostage on the campus, by a subject claiming to possess an explosive device. That same year, MacNamara was a Fairfield County Hero Award nominee for courage, dedication and commitment to Public service, and Police officer of the year for the Bridgeport Exchange Club.
Chief MacNamara has taught in the area of Critical Incident Response, as well as interview and interrogation techniques, auto theft, internet safety for both children and parents as well as in the areas of school violence and hostage negotiations, sharing his experiences during the University incident. MacNamara holds a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy as well as a 2009 graduate of the FBI LEEDS Session #61.
He was also a former journalist for the Justice Journal where he wrote a monthly column called “What if,” and has appeared as the co-host of a local public access television series “Just the facts”. He has also appeared on the NBC Today Show, Geraldo Show, MSNBC Live, Dateline NBC, “E” Television, and the Line-up on Fox News.