Police Chief Patrick Dillon bid farewell to Plympton Monday morning as more than 50 Town House employees and friends gathered to wish him well in his retirement.
Dillon proclaimed his department the best group ever – on par with his Marine Corps buddies – and said he will miss them dearly.
Dillon had been Chief of the Plympton Police Department for the past nine years, becoming chief in 2010 when then Chief Matthew M. Clancy accepted the position as chief in Duxbury. In a fortunate turn of events, Clancy, now retiring from Duxbury, will return to take the helm in Plympton as the town looks for its next police chief.
Dillon has been a popular chief in Plympton, so popular, in fact, that the town voted unanimously to build the much-needed police station that had been in consideration for a decade. That night of Town Meeting in 2017 Dillon’s smile continued well into the next day. The town was invited to the official Open House of the new police station May 11 as he saw his efforts, and those of the Public Safety Building Committee, come to fruition.
Under his leadership, the police force grew, meeting the needs of a growing community.
He loved his job in Plympton, Dillon told the crowd. “My officers will tell you I come to work every morning with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.”
What’s he going to do now? Dillon told his well-wishers, “I’m going fishing!”