LOWELL | Veteran police officer Scott Tokach tendered his retirement resignation Tuesday.
His retirement closely follows former Police Chief John Shelhart's resignation last month.
It had been speculated for months that Tokach, a 24-year veteran with Lowell, would be leaving the department. He resigned from the assistant chief position after Shelhart's departure and moved back to the rank of sergeant last month.
Lowell Clerk-Treasurer Judy Walters confirmed Tokach presented a letter of retirement to her Tuesday at Lowell Town Hall. It is effective immediately. He has accrued vacation and sick time for which he will be paid, she said.
Lowell Town Council President Edgar Corns, R-5th, said Tuesday he was aware of the retirement but had not yet seen the letter.
Interim Police Chief Erik Matson said Tuesday the department will be losing Officer Dan Lee to the Crown Point Police Department in a week.
"It's a rough patch," Matson said.
The departures of Shelhart, Tokach and Lee will put the Lowell roster at only 11 officers, including himself, Matson said.
Matson is shouldering the administrative load now.
"Once we're back to full staff, we can look at promoting from within," he said.
"It's always sad when you lose an officer," Matson said.
Of Tokach, he said, "We're losing a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge."
Attempts to reach Tokach for comment were unsuccessful.