Spencer Cerruto was sworn in as the new police chief in New Milford last week, just after the Town Council approved the appointment and $115,000 starting salary.

Cerruto, 52, comes to New Milford after 31 years with the Watertown Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant, overseeing the research and development division and the office of professional standards. He also spent a combined 12 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Connecticut Army National Guard.

He was named last month, replacing Chief Shawn Boyne, whose contract was not renewed. Interim Chief Jeff Covello led the department in the meantime.

Last month, Mayor Pete Bass said he chose Cerruto from the pool of 11 applicants because of his experience and vision for increased community involvement.

Some of Cerruto’s ideas for New Milford include starting a citizens’ police academy where residents can understand what the town’s police officers experience, implementing bicycle patrols, and adding programs for the youth, senior citizens and veterans.

He also hopes to improve officer development, safety and well being.