East Windsor Police Chief’s colleges, friends and family celebrated his retirement and recognized his tenure at the department.
Police Chief William Spain said he always planned he would retire by showing up on a Friday and saying, “hey by the way, today’s my last day and I’m leaving early,” but instead, Spain , and will complete his tenure at the department Sunday.
He joined the department in 1984, and served as chief for 12 years. as Spain’s successor.
“The fact of the matter is the way I look at my career are days that I was proud to be a member of the police department, and then days when I was particularly proud to associated with that police department,” Spain said.
Monahan, Lt. Richard Bernstein, Lt. Harry Marshall and Lt. Todd Hoagland presented a framed display to Spain with medals representing his service and awards he received.
Recognizing everyone has had their own experiences with Spain and stories could go on all night, Monahan listed three accomplishments that he said stand out of importance to him.
Monahan said Spain has worked tirelessly on victim’s advocacy for domestic violence and has made advancing the education and training in the department a priority.
“Over half of our members have graduate degrees and I think that has a lasting effect, it really raises the professionalism and the service to the community,” Monahan said.
He also said Spain conducted "thoughtful deliberations of matters of significant importance."
“That’s something I think has rubbed off on all of us and I think it really is the hallmark of leadership, and really raises the level of service in a law enforcement agency,” Monahan said. “I congratulate you on a very distinguished career.”
Patricia Hart, executive director at Womanspace, said Spain was one of the founding members of the organization and helped establish a Domestic Violence Response Team, which later became a model for the state.
“He’s been an amazing partner to us,” Hart said.
Fire Police Captain Marvin Lesser, East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company #1 Assistant Chief Tony Katawick, East Windsor Rescue Squad District 2 Chief Tristan Torres presented Spain with shirts making him honorary members of the departments.
Mayor Janice Mironov said she participated in the selection process when Spain was first promoted to chief and has worked closely with him throughout his tenure.
“On a personal note I’m going to have a tremendous loss. The chief is somebody that I can talk to, I can trust implicitly,” she said.
Mironov presented a proclamation to Spain detailing his career and accomplishments.
“He leaves behind a tremendous department that really he can look at and be very proud of,” Mironov said.
Spain thanked everyone for coming, and said he is “truly blessed.”
“I personally want to thank you for all your support, hard work over the years and it’s been an absolute honor and distinct privilege, one of the highlights of my adult life, to work in a police department and ultimately to be the chief of police,” Spain said.