Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois announced last Thursday that he will retire on Feb. 16, 2018 after serving as chief since 2012.
On Sunday, he was on hand at the second-annual “Party in the Park,” a community outreach event that is just one part of the lasting legacy he’s built.
“This decision was made after many months of careful contemplation, discussion with my wife and prayer,” Sirois said. “A great consideration during that process was, ‘Am I leaving this department at a higher level of professionalism and achievement?’ And the conclusion I came to was yes. I am fortunate to have come into this office well positioned for success, thanks to my predecessors and their commitment to quality and excellence. The real success of this department, though, must be attributed to the men and women who selflessly serve and keep safe our community each and every day. They are the true heroes.”
One of the hallmarks of his tenure as chief has been the advancement of community policing in Johnson City. Community policing encourages cooperation and collaboration with citizens to solve short- and long-term community problems.
Sirois and friend Bill Coleman formed the Johnson City Community Roundtable about three years ago to foster positive relations between the Police Department and the community. The group supports initiatives that increase communication, an understanding of the social obligations of the police and the community, and mutual respect one for another.
Sunday’s event was born out of that initiative, and it was once again a celebration of good will between the police force and the community. The event – which spread from Founder’s Park over to the Farmer’s Market – featured music, food and fun for kids and adults.