Office of the Chief & Deputy Chief


About the Chief.

Chief Thomas E. Kulhawik was appointed Chief of the Norwalk Police Department on July 11, 2012. He has served with the Norwalk Police Department since 1983, beginning his career as a patrol officer. Chief Kulhawik was promoted to Detective in 1987, Sergeant in 1995, Lieutenant in 2000, and Deputy Chief in 2007. He has worked in all aspects of the department including patrol, narcotics, general investigations, and community policing. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. He has also completed PERF's Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. He may be reached at or 203-854-3001.

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Chief Kulhawik is Treasurer of the Norwalk PAL and an Advisory Board Member of the Norwalk Police Explorer Post which he helped establish. He is a member of the Connecticut Inter-Local Risk Management Agency Law Enforcement Sub-Committee, Norwalk representative of the Southwest Regional Communication Center Advisory Board, and chairman of the Connecticut Police Chief's Association Survival Benefits Committee. He is an assessor and Team Leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, as well as current President of the Connecticut Police Accreditation Coalition. He is a member of the Post Officer Standards & Training Council and Accreditation Committee Chairman and a member of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission.

About the Deputy Chief of Operations

Deputy Chief Susan Zecca was promoted to her position on March 22, 2013. Deputy Chief Zecca has served with the Norwalk Police Department since 1988. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and Lieutenant in 2011. She has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Administration from Charter Oak State College. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 263. The Deputy Chief can be reached at or at (203) 854-3002.chiefdeputies091115.gif

Deputy Chief Zecca, who began her career as a patrol officer, working in a variety of capacities including the Special Services Division and Community Policing. She transferred to Professional Standards in 2007, working on the department's accreditation. After being promoted to Sergeant she served as the department's Accreditation Manager, and was subsequently promoted to lieutenant where she was responsible for Planning & Research, Grants, Internal Affairs and Accreditation.

Deputy Chief Zecca is responsible for the operational functions of the department, which includes, Patrol, Detective Division, Special Services, Special Victims Unit, Traffic Unit and Community Policing. She is the President of the Norwalk Police Activities League, Inc., and the Secretary for CONNPAC (Connecticut Police Accreditation Coalition.)

About the Deputy Chief of Administration

Deputy Chief Ashley Gonzalez was promoted to his position on July 16, 2015. Deputy Chief Gonzalez began his career with the Norwalk Police Department in 1988. He was promoted to detective in 2002, sergeant in 2003 and lieutenant in 2010. He has worked in various divisions and units including Patrol, Narcotics, K-9 Unit, Community Policing, Honor Guard Unit, Youth Bureau, Special Victims Unit and Emergency Services Unit/Crisis Negotiations Team.

Deputy Chief Gonzalez holds an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. Deputy Chief Gonzalez has completed the Southern Police Institute's Chief Executive Leadership Course, FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Course and the Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officers Course 137th Session.

Deputy Chief Gonzalez currently serves on the City of Norwalk Juvenile Review Board, City of Norwalk Youth Advisory Board and the Advisory Council for Life Line Chaplaincy.

Deputy Chief Gonzalez is responsible for the administrative functions of the department, which includes; Professional Standards and Accreditation, Training & Recruitment, Community Services, Budget, Purchasing, Payroll, Extra Work, Combined Dispatch Center and Headquarters and Fleet Management.

The Deputy Chief can be reached at or at (203) 854-3053.