RANGELEY – Police Chief Dennis Leahy will retire Nov. 1, Town Manager Tim Pellerin said Friday.

Leahy, who became chief in 2008, submitted his resignation letter Friday, he said. The letter will be given to selectmen Oct. 19 to act on.

Leahy went on medical leave Oct. 2 and his leave will continue, Pellerin said.

Pellerin sent a memo to all department heads on Friday informing them of Leahy’s decision.

The memo said, “Chief Leahy has done a great job serving our citizens and our community and we thank him graciously for his years of service. If you see him please take a moment to wish him well and thank him for a job well done.”

Prior to becoming police chief, Leahy retired from the Philadelphia Police Department as a lieutenant after 30 years on the job. During his career there he worked in patrol, special patrol, investigative and tactical divisions.

He was officially cited 36 times by the Philadelphia Police Department and received commendations for merit, bravery and the highest award – valor, according to the USACOPS website usacops.com. As lieutenant, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau and commanded an elite squad of tactical and narcotics officers, the site states.

NOTE: This story has been modified to reflect the correct attribution.

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