After 36 years with the New Canaan Police Department, and nearly eight years as its chief, Ed Nadriczny announced his plans to retire in a letter sent to First Selectman Robert Mallozzi today, April 5.

"I feel extremely fortunate that I have been able to serve the New Canaan community for so long and have had the opportunity to work with so many good people," Nadriczny concluded in his letter to Mallozzi.

No date has been set for his retirement; he's requested that the police commission and town government work out a timeline for the transition.

"I have always admired his professionalism and sense of community," Mallozzi said in a release this afternoon. "I wish Ed all the best in his retirement. New Canaan was fortunate to have such a dedicated gentleman serve our community."

Nadriczny began on the force at the age of 22 and worked his way up to sergeant, lieutenant and then chief. Now 58, the chief said the decision to retire was a difficult one.

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One needs to continually evaluate their professional status and where they are in their working career," Nadriczny said in his letter. "Recently I have been contemplating my 36 year career in law enforcement and have decided that both on a professional and personal basis the time is right for me to announce my intended retirement from the New Canaan Police Department. I have consulted with my family and they unanimously support my decision."

In an interview, Nadriczny said he was looking forward to some time off before potentially re-entering the job market in some form.

"I'm going to enjoy some time off and then maybe look at getting in to work at some point in the future," he said.

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