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Batavia Police Chief Gary Schira to retire

Batavia Police Chief Gary Schira will retire on May 3, 2017.
Batavia Police Chief Gary Schira will retire on May 3, 2017.

BATAVIA – Gary Schira, Batavia's police chief, will retire after 11 years on the job.

Schira, 66, said his last day will be May 3, 2017, the 11th anniversary of his start date in Batavia.

“This is an extremely professional group of individuals who really love the town,” Schira said of his officers.

Schira started his law enforcement career with the Bloomingdale Police Department in 1972. There he rose through the ranks and became police chief in that community before coming to Batavia.

After a long and successful career, Schira said he simply wants to spend more time with his family.

“Citizens should be proud of the dedicated police officers we have in Batavia,” Schira said. “And I’ve never seen a community with such a volunteer spirit in the people.”

The Batavia Police Department has 40 sworn officers.

Schira’s replacement, to be appointed by the mayor, is not expected to be named until after the April municipal election. The mayor’s office is on the ballot.

Batavia School Board member Jason Stoops has announced his candidacy. Mayor Jeff Schielke has not yet announced whether or not he will run for re-election.

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