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DuBois Police Chief Retires

January 28, 2014- Jessica Illuzzi
DuBOIS- The City of DuBois is getting a new police chief. At last night’s DuBois City Council Meeting Police Chief Mike DiLullo announced his retirement. Officer Ronald LaRotonda, the new Police Chief, along with other officers filled the room to show their support.

“Council and Mayor Gilbert, Herm, just thanks for everything, you guys were great to work with,” DiLullo said. “Herm we went round and round sometime but I think for the most part we got along because you always kinda realized I was right.” he joked.

DiLullo said he has two reasons for leaving; he wants to spend more time with his family and he wants to grow his local trucking business.

“It was a tough decision. It really was.” DiLullo said. “I’ve been working a second job. As you know I have a small trucking business in town, which, other than myself, employs 10 people. So that on top of being chief is not the normal routine for any one person and I need to spend more time with my family and I am going to focus on growing my business.”

He started his trucking business in 2010,  now has 9 trucks and 10 employees and wants to double or triple the size of the business.

DiLullo has been part of the DuBois City Police for 16 ˝ years. He moved up the ranks from officer to Sergeant and has been the Chief for the last 4 ˝ years.  

“It has been a great experience. Everyone has their ups and down and this position, it’s, it’s tough. I did work my way up through and it’s hard to work your way up through and be friends with everybody and also be a leader, supervisors and be put in those positions. But I think for the most part I tried to keep the peace and tried to get along and make it an enjoyable place to work. I think most of the guys appreciated that. “

The council members and DuBois City employees took the time to thank him for everything he has done, express how much he will be missed, and tell a few friendly jokes.

City Manager Herm Suplizio said,  “I think he has done an excellent job, I can’t say it enough. In the time that he has been here he filled a void and we greatly appreciate the expertise he brought to the table. He moved right up the ranks. I can’t thank him enough. I think the professionalism that he brought to the department, without a doubt, was top notch.”

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