Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger has announced he will be retiring this summer.
Mayor Alex Morse said Chief Neiswanger gave him a letter announcing his retirement. He plans to retire as Chief of Police in Holyoke on July 20, 2018.
Mayor Morse released the following statement on Chief Neiswanger’s retirement:
“I could not have asked for a better partner in our city’s public safety efforts than Chief Neiswanger. He has led the department with honor, professionalism, and respect. Due to his steady leadership, we have seen historic decreases in crime over the last seven years, and a renewed focus on community policing that has drastically improved the relationship between our police officers and the residents we serve. He has helped usher in a new era in the department, improving its image and building a newfound trust among citizens in every corner of our community. I will certainly miss working with him, but I’m confident that his legacy will be sustained in the coming years as we build upon the progress he has accomplished.
Because of Chief Neiswanger’s leadership, the Holyoke Police Department is stronger than at any time in recent memory – both internally, and in its relationship to the wider community. Given this, I believe it is time to look within the department for our city’s next police chief. It is important for our next chief to have an understanding of our community and our people. Stability is important as we continue to face a number of public safety challenges. I also want the men and women of the Holyoke Police Department to know that if they work hard enough, and are committed to the core values of community policing, they too can be chief of this department one day.
In the next two weeks I will be inviting the four captains within the department to apply for the position, and I expect to make a decision soon after.”