There is a major change on the way for the Gardiner Police Department.

According to a post on the department's Facebook page, the current police chief will retire from the position in mid-January.

The post, which is in the form of an open letter from Chief James M. Toman, explains that he has been with the department for 32 years, and that he has spent the last 20 years as the town's Chief of Police.  His last day on the job will be January 20th, 2023.

In the post, he explains that he started with the department as a "20 year old kid from Monmouth, Maine in 1990".  It also explains that he was made permanent chief in 2003.

However, Toman is not retiring-retiring.  In the post, he explains that he has accepted a position with the Maine Municipal Association.  He does not specify what his job will be at the Maine Municipal Association.

In the post, he thanks his family and the officers of the police department.

He also says:

To the citizens of Gardiner thank you for your support! The Gardiner Police Department is comprised of incredibly talented, dedicated and hard working professionals that make tremendous sacrifices to provide the level of services that you deserve and require. Please continue to extend your gratitude and to support the officers and their families every chance you get!

We wish Chief Toman all the best in his new endeavor.

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