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Police Chief Pavelchik Announces Retirement

His last day leading the Darien Police Department will be May 31.

Chief Robert Pavelchik will be retiring at the end of May, Mayor Kathleen Weaver said during Monday’s .

“For me, it’s a very bittersweet moment to accept the news that he’s retiring,” Weaver said.

Pavelchik sent a handwritten letter to City Council members last week announcing his decision.

“I handwrote that on purpose because it was personal, and I wanted to speak from my heart,” he said. “For me it was a personal touch to thank you all very much for the opportunity you’ve given me.”

Pavelchik has served his entire 33-year police career in Darien, starting as a patrol officer in 1978.

Before he became an officer, Pavelchik said he spent three years working in a Woodridge-based dispatch center that also served Darien, allowing him to observe the work of Darien’s police on a daily basis.

So when it came time to decide between joining the Darien force or one in a larger community, he said the choice was simple.

Pavelchik said he is proud of the men and women who he’s shepherded through the department during his nine-year tenure as chief.

“I’ve seen a lot of guys move up,” he said. “I like to think I had some impact. I’ve tried to leave the place better than it was before I started.”

He said he’s also proud to have been part of the team that arrested and charged Johnny Borizov and Jacob Nodarse, the two men for a triple homicide that happened in a Darien home in March 2010.

Weaver said Pavelchik “elevated the police department to a very professional level.”

“For that, we are very grateful,” she said.

Weaver said she has not determined who she will appoint as the new chief, but a decision will be made within the next couple of weeks.

Chip Johnson April 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Congratulations! You have been a very positive member of the Darien community.your support for the school systems has been appreciated. Your honesty and straight-forwardness were always appreciated. You will be missed. Enjoy a great retirement.
Matt Goodwin April 19, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Chief, on behalf of the Darien VFW and Commander Oldis, I would like to say thank you for your tremendous career and dedication to making Darien "a nice place to live." Your long and exceptional career reflect great credit upon you and the Darien Police Department. I can recall when you were my D.A.R.E. officer and seeing you again in driver's ed in High School. I remember carrying around my black D.A.R.E. keychain and glad I never had to cash in the chit that came along with it. Congratulations on your retirement.
Jeff Mueller April 19, 2011 at 03:31 PM
You will be missed in Darien. Your years of service to the town have made it a nice place to live.
Mike Minardi April 19, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Great job - Great service to our community. Thanks Chief
BigCubsFan April 19, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Good Luck Chief
Ralph "Cash" Beardsley April 19, 2011 at 11:20 PM
You did a fine job Bob and congrats to you on the length of your service to Darien, and especially the hard work in recent years as Chief. I always appreciated your being open and straightforward in the dealings that I've had with you over the years. Best of luck and enjoy your retirement! Ralph/ Cash Beardsley

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