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Zormier retiring as Hobart police chief
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Zormier retiring as Hobart police chief

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Zormier retiring as Hobart police chief

Hobart Police Chief Rick Zormier is retiring after more than 30 years in law enforcement.

HOBART — After more than 30 years in law enforcement, Hobart Police Chief Rick Zormier is retiring.

Zormier on Wednesday presented the city’s Board of Works and Safety with his intent to retire and announced his last day in office will be Jan. 7.

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He told city leaders it has been his “greatest honor” to serve as an officer and chief in Hobart.

“I’ve often said that serving as a police officer is the greatest show on earth, and it truly was, but it’s definitely time for someone else,” said Zormier, who has been the Hobart police chief for the last nine years.

Zormier has been in law enforcement for 31 years. Except for two years in Lake Station, the rest of that time was with the Hobart Police Department.

“Other than one chief back in the '60s, he has been the longest serving chief now (in Hobart) with nine years of service as police chief,” Mayor Brian Snedecor said.

He said Zormier “brought our department a long, long way,” accomplishing much during his time as chief.

“The talent that he has hired, the equipment that he has acquired, different divisions of the department, and I have to say, he’s played a major role in all those accomplishments,” Snedecor said.

He said he wishes Zormier could remain with the city, but he respects his decision and congratulates him as he heads toward retirement.

“I can’t say enough about how much we appreciate your dedication and service to this community,” Snedecor said.

Zormier said he’s appreciative of the support, and building a strong Police Department has been a collaborative effort.

“It’s been a great run,” he said.

Although Zormier’s last day in office is Jan. 7, he will remain on city payroll into August because of his accumulated time.

Snedecor said Hobart police Capt. Garrett Ciszewski will serve as acting chief while Zormier remains on city payroll. When Zormier comes off the books, Snedecor will make a permanent move, he said.

Zormier “is preparing him for this moment,” Snedecor said of Ciszewski. “I think he’ll do a very good job.”


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