Dedham police welcomed a new officer in their ranks at a selectmen meeting Thursday.
Officer Steven Munchbach, son of retired officer Authur Munchbach, was sworn in Thursday by his cousin, Town Clerk Paul Munchbach.
Police Chief Michael d’Entremont told selectmen that the newly sworn in officer had graduated from Dedham High School, gotten a degree in business administration from Curry College in Milton and was awarded a commitment to excellence award at State Street Bank, where he previously worked.
“He is exactly the type of person we are looking for,” d’Entremont said, adding that Munchbach graduated second in his class of 57 at the police academy. “We are thrilled.”
Selectmen in turn congratulated Munchbach.
“We give thanks to everyone who gives service to this town, but folks who dedicate their lives to the safety of our residents in my book get a few more stars next to their name,” said selectman Paul Reynolds.
Selectman chairman Carmen Dello Iacono was the last to offer his congratulations.
“You’re wearing that badge with such pride already, and to me it’s a statement of how nice a guy you are,” Dello Iacono said. “You’re a fantastic addition to the department and you have a great chief you’re working with.”
Munchbach himself expressed gratitude to selectmen and said he wished his twin brother, who is now deployed overseas, could have seen his swearing in.