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Hollis police chief, a longtime official, announces retirement

October 11. 2017 11:48PM

HOLLIS — Longtime police official James Sartell announced Wednesday he is retiring as the town’s police chief to take the deputy post in nearby Townsend, Mass.

Sartell has been chief since 2011 but his service to the town goes back to starting out as a patrolman in 1997 and working his way up the ranks.

“While I am eager to set out on a new career path that has opened for me, my Hollis experience does not end without emotion,” Sartell said in a letter to the selectmen. “I am grateful to have been woven into the history of the town of Hollis. As we close this chapter of its history together, I pray that you believe I have served Hollis well.”

Sartell ends his service for the town on Nov. 3.

He has to retire rather than resign in order to start work for another police force in a different state with a different retirement system.

Selectmen will meet Monday to discuss a timeline for appointing a new chief of police, officials said.

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