Chief Shawn Boyne, of the New Milford Police Department, has signed a new, four-year contract with the town.

The Town Council unanimously approved the contract Monday, effective Oct. 15 and concluding Oct. 14, 2018.

Boyne will receive a $2,000 raise each year, meaning a salary of $116,000 for 2014-15.

He will continue to be assigned an unmarked, police-equipped car for his unrestricted use.

"I'm very appreciative to be recognized for the service and the team effort of the department," Boyne, 50, said. "This reaffirms the town's recognition and commitment to the department moving forward."

Mayor Pat Murphy lauded Boyne for his service to the town over the last four years.

"He's done a great job for the community," the mayor said, "and the department is uplifted. I like his common sense approach and community involvement."

Boyne came to the job in 2010 from a position as a State Police commander at Troop L. He arrived during a summer of seven NMPD retirements, three from the department's administrative ranks.

Boyne immediately tapped in-house talent, including promoting Capt. Mark Buckley to deputy chief.

The new chief soon instituted an internal investigation about one lieutenant, resulting in his firing.

He also took a tough stance with another officer who was facing extortion charges related to an arrest in Danbury.

Boyne also saw the department through a major emergency communications upgrade that included enhanced communications for other emergency responders in town.; 860-355-7322.