Acting Madison Police Chief Jerry Mantone has decided to retire after 34 years of service, the mayor said Monday.
Mantone's retirement is effective next Friday, Oct. 5, and Madison's governing body plans to recognize his service at its Oct. 10 meeting, Mayor Bob Conley said at the start of Madison's Council meeting.
Mantone is due to stay on the books through Aug. 3 while being paid accrued sick and vacation time.
Conley said he wanted to thank Mantone for everything he has done.
"If anyone knows Jerry, he will not be a stranger," but will be around the borough "providing support for all of us," he said.
Mantone designated Lt. Darren Dachisen as the officer in charge. Mantone, a lieutenant, was appointed acting chief in August to temporarily fill the vacancy left by former Chief John Trevena's retirement on Aug. 1.
Mantone, the department's Investigative Division commander and president of the non-profit Project Community Pride, was hired as a special police officer in 1977, the same year he graduated from Madison High School, according to his bio on RoseNet.org. He became a patrolman in 1980.
The governing body plans to create an ordinance outlining the process for selecting a police chief.