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Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger to retire

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Holyoke's top cop will soon be retiring.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse announced Friday that Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger intends to retire on July 20, 2018 after serving seven years with the city.

"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," Morse said in a statement.

Neiswanger came to Holyoke in 2011 after many years with the Manchester, CT police department.  He has spent a total of 34 years in law enforcement.

Morse said that he will be inviting four captains within the department to apply for the positions and he hopes to make a decision on Neiswanger's replacement soon. 

"...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. 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," Morse explained.

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