Darren Stewart, Stonington Chief of Police
Grand Marshal of Mystic Irish Parade
The 14th Mystic Irish Parade is honored to have Stonington Police Chief, Darren Stewart, lead the celebration as the Grand Marshal in 2017. Each year, the board members of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation (MIPF) select a member of the community who continuously dedicates their time and effort to improving Eastern Connecticut. Given the nature of not only his career, but his leadership roles in the local community, the board found Chief Stewart to be a perfect role model, local inspiration and the ideal candidate to serve as Grand Marshal this year.
True to form, Chief Stewart accepted under one condition. “I’m accepting in recognition of the men and women of the Stonington Police Department and of police officers throughout Connecticut who put themselves in harm’s way each and every day.”
Chief Stewart is a lifelong resident of Stonington, and has participated in the Mystic Irish Parade since it began 14 years ago. As a member of the Stonington Police Force for 33 years, he has also served his community as Chief of Police for the past nine years.
He holds leadership positions in many law enforcement organizations. He is President of the Law Enforcement Council of Eastern Connecticut, a member of the Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Board and a Vice President of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, among several others.
For 13 years, he has been an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. He also previously served as adjunct professor at University of Connecticut. In 2016, Chief Stewart gave the commencement address at UConn. He serves on the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Advisory Board at Mitchel College.
Chief Stewart is a member of the Pawcatuck Lions Club and is Chairman of the Risk Control Advisory Committee for the Connecticut Inter-local Risk Management Agency. He has received a number of honors and awards, including the Distinguished Chiefs Award in 2012 from the Police Commissioner Association of Connecticut.
Chief Stewart and his wife, Beth, Executive Director of the Stonington Community Center, are both active in the local community. They have three daughters who all serve their local communities as well.
Please join us in honoring chief Stewart as he leads the 2017 Mystic Irish Parade!