North Adams Police Director Michael Cozzaglio has announced his retirement from the North Adams Police Department after more than 32 years of police service.

Director Cozzaglio and North Adams mayor Thomas Bernard made the announcement at a press conference held Friday in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall. Cozzaglio, who has served as North Adams’s police director since 2003, will retire from service with the North Adams Police Department on February 8, 2019.

In making the announcement, Cozzaglio noted, “It has been my privilege to serve our great city for the past 32 years. Throughout my career as a North Adams Police Officer and Director of Police Services I have been driven by the desire to support those in need, to treat everyone with compassion and fairness, and to lead with honesty, trust, and mutual respect. I am proud of the work of the North Adams Police Department, and of my colleagues in the department, the city, and our region.”

Mayor Bernard said, "Director Cozzaglio has been an effective leader and advocate for the residents of North Adams, as well as for his officers and public safety colleagues in North Adams and across the Berkshires. I wish him and his family all the best in his retirement.”

Mayor Bernard expects to launch the formal search for Cozzaglio’s replacement after the first of the year.