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Town of Tonawanda

After 32 years in the town Police Department and eight years as its chief, Anthony J. Palombo, is retiring effective Feb. 20.

Palombo, 58, counts among his proudest achievements his focus on keeping officers safe through intensive training and supervision.

“I’m really proud that through my career as a trainer, up through the ranks and now as chief, I’ve been able to kind of drive that point home,” he said. “It’s become second nature to most of our guys now.”

Another notable accomplishment, he said, is the successful implementation in 2011 of a data-driven program to enforce vehicle and traffic laws in areas of high crime and high instances of vehicle crashes.

“You look for the areas that overlap and that’s your focus point,” he said, noting the traffic stops often lead to arrests for outstanding warrants.

Palombo started as a patrol officer. The first call he responded to on his first midnight shift after completing field training was a triple homicide. He also served as a patrol lieutenant, patrol captain, planning bureau captain and assistant chief before becoming chief in 2007.

Town officials last week were interviewing the three candidates to be Palombo’s successor. All three are from within the department.

Palombo said he would take time off to relax after Feb. 20 before deciding whether to pursue other avenues.

This week:

• The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4 in the second-floor conference room.

• A Kenmore Planning Board meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 15 at the Municipal Building.

• The Town Board will hold its organizational meeting at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, in council chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave.