SHEFFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The man thought to be the longest serving police chief in Massachusetts is retiring.
Sheffield Chief James McGarry announced in a letter to the select board that he will step down at the end of the month after 41 years as chief and 45 years overall with the department.
Town voters in 2010 overwhelmingly approved a measure allowing McGarry to stay on past the state-mandated retirement age of 65. He is now 67.
McGarry wrote in his letter to the board that it has been an "honor and privilege" to serve as chief.
Town Administrator Rhonda LaBombard told The Berkshire Eagle that McGarry is "a wealth of knowledge."
Sheffield is town of about 3,000 residents in southern Berkshire County.
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