South Hadley’s police chief announces retirement

  • South Hadley Chief of Police Steve Parentela. SOUTH HADLEY POLICE

Staff Writer
Published: 9/14/2018 8:10:40 AM

SOUTH HADLEY – South Hadley Chief of Police Steve Parentela announced that he will be retiring in January. He cited spending more time with his family as a reason for leaving.

In the release posted Thursday on Facebook, he thanked the South Hadley community. “It has been a privilege to work in partnership with many of these individuals with the common cause of continuing to make South Hadley a great place to live, work, and receive an education,” he said in the announcement. 

He also acknowledged his fellow officers. “I have been truly honored to serve with some of the finest police officers I know,” he wrote.

Scott Brady, chief of the town’s second fire and ambulance district, said he’s been crossing paths with Parentela for years. “It’s been really, really seamless interactions with Chief Parentela. He’s been very, very inclusive and we’ve worked very well together.”

“Chief Parentela was a great asset,” said Mike Sullivan, South Hadley’s town administrator. “He spent over thirty years as a South Hadley police officer coming through the ranks.”

Parentela grew up in South Hadley and became a special police officer in 1983, according to the release.

In August 2016, Sullivan appointed him to chief of police, choosing from two dozen applicants. Parentela was then unanimously confirmed by the select board and sworn in October 2016.

Parentela’s retirement will be effective January 4, 2019, according to his announcement. Sullivan said that the search for a new chief is already underway. “We think we could probably go through the process in 60 days,” he said. He added it might take longer after that for the new person to take over the role. 

“He’s going to be missed...I wish him the best in his retirement,” Brady said.

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