NORTH HAVEN — Joseph F. D’Errico Sr. has stepped down as chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners.
D’Errico, 78, served on the board for 27 years, including 10 years as chairman.
“It’s time for some of the young people to take over and do the job,” D’Errico said Friday.
The Board of Selectmen accepted his resignation, effective June 25, on Thursday during the Board of Selectmen’s meeting.
First Selectman Michael Freda and the other selectman acknowledged D’Errico’s years of service.
“Based on all his years of service,” Second Selectman William Pieper said, “he’s really set a high standard, in terms of how long he’s volunteered to be part of the town.”
D’Errico said his most recent accomplishment as police commission chairman is establishing the school resource officer program.
Voters approved an ordinance last month that will add SROs, which are certified police officers who work within schools, to the five public schools that don’t yet have one.
Working to establish the police dogs program and regional SWAT team are also among his proudest accomplishments.
“We went from Mayberry, U.S.A. to one of the top rated police departments in the area,” he said.
The Board of Selectmen is expected to appoint a new member based on a suggested replacement from the town’s Republican party at its August meeting.