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December 4, 2013

Atkinson chief is leaving town

Caggiano says decision to conduct search was 'disheartening'

ATKINSON — Acting police Chief Patrick Caggiano is no longer a candidate for the permanent post. And, after Dec. 28, he will no longer be a member of the Atkinson Police Department.

In October, town officials announced they would conduct an open search for a new police chief. Yesterday, Caggiano took his name out of the running.

Caggiano, 47, announced he would retire from the department at the end of the month. His last day will be Dec. 28.

“There was uncertainty with my future in Atkinson,” he said. “I worked with some great men and women here in Atkinson, and I accomplished some great things here, but I would have liked to have accomplished some more things.”

Caggiano, who lives in Boston, said he is taking a job outside of law enforcement in Massachusetts.

Town Administrator Bill Innes said he received Caggiano’s resignation yesterday.

“It was not really surprising,” Innes said. “He has a very strong public record with the town, but he’s working far from home. I didn’t expect it this early, but I knew this was a hard decision for him and the right decision for his family.”

Caggiano said he first started thinking about leaving Atkinson in October.

“When I learned — through the newspaper — that they were doing a search, that was a little disheartening,” he said. “That’s when I began actively pursuing another job.”

Innes said the town never ruled Caggiano out.

“He was being considered in the process, if he applied,” Innes said.

After longtime police Chief Phil Consentino was fired in February, Caggiano was named acting police chief.

“In law enforcement, we strive to go through the ranks,” Caggiano said. “But then you reach the tip of the pyramid and are so close to the optimal goal, and then they say they want to look elsewhere.”

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