Shelton's Michael Madden: Cop, DJ and Music Manager

Shelton Police Capt. Michael Madden. (Credit: valley.newhavenindependent.org)
Shelton Police Capt. Michael Madden. (Credit: valley.newhavenindependent.org)
As Capt. Michael Madden winds down his career in Shelton, he reflected Tuesday on 28 years of managing police officers and musicians.

Madden is retiring to become Paris, Maine's police chief Oct. 1. He'll start Oct. 7.

Madden, 49, started as an unpaid auxiliary officer for Shelton at 18, moved up over the next three years to part-time and then a full-fledged officer. As he rose through the ranks, he was also the department's spokesman for 10 years.

He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Trumbull and spent most of his life in Shelton, except for living 10 years in Naugatuck and attending college in Maine. He's been married six years and he and his wife have a border collie named Jackson.

But he's also had a second career helping manage southern rock bands, particularly the Marshall Tucker Band. He was also a DJ for three years in the 1980s at WBLM, which still broadcasts today on 102.9 in Maine.

It's one of the few stations that is allowed to broadcast at 100,000 watts, Madden said.

A Second Home

Madden said he did not randomly pick Maine for the second stage of his police career. He knew the area from his college days. He also applied to four other locations.

"I knew this area and I loved this area," Madden said. "I went to college up here."

The 41-square-mile town has about 5,200 residents and is surrounded by tourist destinations, such as a casino, speedway, a lake, a ski area and Portland to the south.

Madden will oversee seven sworn officers, compared to 52 in Shelton, a 33-square-mile city.

"This department had the most promise. The hiring process was done so professionally. It seems like everybody here is on the same page. There's a lot of support for the police here," Madden said.

The town voted by 2:1 margin to keep the police force instead of falling under the state authorities.

The challenge will include dealing with the traffic that uses Paris to get to tourist attractions.

"There's a lot of traffic. There's a lot going on up here," Madden said. "We'll get more and more traffic."

"There are a lot of challenges that are going to be rewarding," the retiring captain said, adding that he will miss everyone in Shelton.


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