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.