By Terry Duffy
"I'm going to miss this job; the people I've been dealing with; the community; but, on the other hand, it will be nice to attend events here and not have to deal with police issues." So summed up Lewiston Police Chief Chris Salada of his decision to retire effective July 31.
He has informed both Town of Lewiston Supervisor Dennis Brochey and Village of Lewiston Mayor Terry Collesano of his forthcoming retirement from the LPD. An official announcement is expected at Monday's Lewiston Town Board meeting.
Salada was sworn-in as chief in July 2007. His last day with the LPD will be July 24.
"I only made the notification; they (the board) have not yet had a chance to talk about my replacement," Salada said when asked about who might be taking over. He has spoken with Lewiston Police Sgt. Frank Previte about the position.
"I talked with Frank. I discussed my duties. ... I think he's interested," Salada said.
Salada recently retired as chief of the Youngstown Police. He was mum when asked of his future plans, only saying, "I'll be taking a job in the private sector."
He didn't elaborate.
Brochey said he supports Salada's decision, but he hates to see him go.
"I declined it at first," Brochey said of Salada's resignation. He was quick to add Salada's service to the community is going to be missed.
"There will be some really big shoes to fill," Brochey said. "He's been such an asset to this community. I hate to see him go. Chris was a good cop."
"But it's time, much like myself," he added. Brochey is not seeking re-election this fall.
Brochey said he's yet to discuss the retirement matter or Salada's replacement with the board.
"There are procedures with Civil Service we have to look into," he said, but noted Previte is under consideration.
Meanwhile, Salada said, "It's been a complete 25 years. It will be a big transition. Look, I've been a policeman for 25 years."
He is counting the days and happy with his decision.
Salada has the support of his wife, Amy, who serves as clerk-treasurer in the Village of Lewiston.
"She's very happy," said Salada, adding he also has the backing of his family. "You know being a police officer there are the risks; the late-night phone calls."
Of his decision and the future, Salada said he's comfortable with the move, but also somewhat nervous. Overall, he's upbeat about the road ahead.
"I'm very happy about it," Salada said.