While excited to begin a new chapter, Pattullo said he has "mixed feelings about moving on."
Before he decided to retire, Pattullo was working on a new three-year deal with Stapczynski which would have, over the life of the contract, paid him at a lower salary but with large portions of the sick time worked into his pay, he said. It would have saved the town money in the end, but Stapczynski wasn't interested in the offer, according to Pattullo.
Stapczynski wouldn't comment on the contract.
"After my negotiations with him, he opted not to go in that direction," Pattullo said. "At the same time, I was approached by a firm and offered a position in the private sector."
"I decided to go in that direction," he said.
Though he is leaving this summer, "I have a vested interest in the police department, the town of Andover, and its citizens," Pattullo said.
His father and one of his brothers, Don, also worked more than 32 years for the department, and Pattullo grew up in town.
CHIEFS TO WORK ON TRANSITION
Before he leaves, Pattullo will work closely with the chief-to-be to ensure the transition in power to Sgt. Keefe is a smooth one.
The town's ongoing process regarding budget development and capital-project planning are both moving forward daily as Town Meeting approaches. Because of that, Keefe will be able to watch the behind-the-scenes planning, preparing him for next year, according to Pattullo.
"The timing is great," Pattullo said to the Board of Selectmen Monday.
"As I've told him, he's lucky there are some things he doesn't know, (but) he doesn't know what he doesn't know," Pattullo said. "There's going to be some long sit-downs in the transition."