HARVARD – Anyone planning Dan Kazy-Garey a party for his 30th anniversary with the Harvard Police Department might need to reprint their banner to include the word "retirement."
The police chief since 2007 will retire in July, ending a relationship with the department that he started as a patrol officer.
Kazy-Garey cited his maxed out pension as his reason for retiring. He said he will explore other professional opportunities, including those within law enforcement, after his retirement.
"There's no further benefit to staying any longer. Unfortunately, it's the downside of the pension system," he said. "It doesn't force you out, but it effectively does."
Kazy-Garey, 52, has a current salary of about $123,000. His last day in the office is scheduled for May 2, but he will remain the department's chief until his official retirement on July 3, City Administrator Dave Nelson said.
Kazy-Garey's 30-year anniversary with the department is this spring.
He has accrued 51 vacation days and 60 sick days, which he will begin to use in May, but they will stretch past his July retirement, Nelson said.
City officials haven't determined whether their search for a replacement will extend outside the department.
"That is going to be hammered out within the next month," Nelson said.
Nelson lauded Kazy-Garey as a dedicated city employee who was appreciated by his community, "even though he gave them tickets one time or another, I'm sure," he joked.
Kazy-Garey said he appreciated the city for the opportunities he's received through the years, and thanked Nelson and Mayor Jay Nolan for their dedication and support.
"The city has been a fantastic employer," he said.