Kent will soon once again have a resident state trooper.

The town's three private schools are pitching in with funding to make sure of that.

Headmaster Richardson W. Schell of Kent School, Head of School Arthur F. Goodearl Jr. of Marvelwood School and Head of School Andrew J. Vandais of South Kent School signed agreements with the town May 24 to contribute $20,000 each per year for two years to help pay the resident trooper's salary.

The resident trooper cost will be approximately $113,000 per year for the town.

The ceremony was held at the Kent Senior Center.

"They came to me a couple of months ago with concerns regarding student safety," said First Selectman Bruce Adams, "partly coming from the incident at Sandy Hook (Elementary School) and some that had existed before that time."

"Much to their credit, they were totally on board with helping fund the position," Adams added.

Interviews were held May 31 with four candidates for the position -- all are state troopers with Troop L in Litchfield.

From the pool, Andrew Fisher of Litchfield was chosen.

Trooper Fisher began the assignment this month of the Kent patrol through Troop L and will become the resident trooper July 1.

He has been a state trooper with Troop L for six years.

The resident trooper position had been eliminated in Kent in 2009 with budget cuts.

It was reinstated for the 2013-14 fiscal year budget.

Susan Tuz