By Ron Giofu
After three decades as a police officer, Pat Palumbo is hanging up his badge.
The Amherstburg deputy chief bid farewell last Friday as an open house was held at the police station on his final day. As he heads into retirement, Palumbo is at ease with his decision to retire and to pass the baton to fellow officers, including his successor Ian Chappell.
“It feels good,” said Palumbo. “At every beginning, there is an end and I’m at that point.”
Palumbo said he has got his health and is looking forward to his retirement years.
“It was time to go,” he said. “I felt I did everything I wanted to do. I just thought it was a good time for me to go home.”
The people is what he said he will miss the most but the Amherstburg resident still plans on being around the community so he doesn’t see his transition into retirement being a difficult one.
“I want to enjoy my time off,” said Palumbo, adding he has no real plans for retirement except to travel and “see the world more.” He also plans to remain involved in Amherstburg’s Fighting Island Boxing Club.
Palumbo joined the Amherstburg Police Service over 15 years ago after starting his career with the OPP. After being moved to four different communities early in his career, he said he decided to switch to municipal policing to provide stability for his family.
“When I came back here, I didn’t have to uproot my kids anymore,” said Palumbo. “This was an opportunity to police in my hometown so I took it.”
Regardless of what the job entailed, Palumbo said he appreciated doing it.
“I enjoyed it,” he said. “Whatever I did, I liked. I enjoyed doing training but I enjoyed everything. From general policing to whatever, it’s all good.”
Palumbo was grateful for the time he spent serving the community.
“I want to thank the community for the time I spent here and it’s been a pleasure to serve,” he said.
Chief Tim Berthiaume wished Palumbo well but added his retirement will be felt. Berthiaume said Palumbo was a dedicated member of the Amherstburg Police Service for over 15 years.
“He’s going to be missed by the people he works with,” said Berthiaume. “We wish him and his wife the best.”
The chief added that they could still hear from Palumbo, if need be.
“Pat has already said he won’t be too far if we need him. He’s only a phone call away,” he said.
Berthiaume added Palumbo always had the best interest of the community at heart.
“We’re going to miss him but we’re happy for him,” said Berthiaume. “It’s time for him just to relax. After 30 years of service, he deserves a rest.”