ADAMS - Police Chief Donald Poirot, a 33-year veteran of the department, has announced his plan to retire.
Town Administrator Jonathan Butler said Poirot's departure will be effective April 26. Butler made the announcement on Monday.
Poirot began his career with the Adams Police as a patrolman and was later promoted to sergeant and then lieutenant. He has been the chief of police for the past 11 years.
"After a lot of thought, I have decided it is time for me to retire as the chief of police for the Town of Adams," Poirot wrote in his formal Feb. 22 retirement letter to Butler.
"At this time, the department is staffed with valuable employees who will ensure the department functions properly during the transition," Poirot stated.
Poirot thanked the community and Butler for their support over the years.
Poirot recently completed a two-year term as president of the Western Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association.
Under Poirot's leadership, the department has undergone a transformation into a new era of technology, systems and operational approach, according to Butler.
"The town will be hard-pressed to fill his shoes, and is grateful for his commitment to service in this community over the past 33 years," Butler said in a written statement.