Brian Pattullo has seen a lot of changes in the Police Department since he signed on as a patrolman 32 years ago.
More drugs, more traffic and more technology, to name just a few of the differences between 1981 and today.
Not to mention more calls for service.
“We have 33,000 calls for service a year,” he said. “From a dog barking to speeding to domestic violence to murder.”
Despite Andover’s reputation as a quiet, sleepy little town, the 74-person department, which includes 54 officers and another 20 civilian employees, stays very busy. And that’s something that keeps its police chief very busy, too.
Which may be one reason Pattullo has decided to call it quits.
On Wednesday, the longtime chief — the last of Andover’s “townie” department heads — retired from the force.
Now, he can spend more time in southern Maine in a house he owns with his partner. His home in Andover is on the market, although his mother, Beatrice, will continue living here. His brother, Clifford, is still on the Fire Department.
Occasionally, Pattullo will head into Boston, to the headquarters of Internal Security Associates, a company with 250 employees that works with government and private firms on a variety of security issues. He has taken on the position of its chief operating officer.
He will also be able to spend more time in his woodworking shop and playing the occasional game of golf, which he admits he’s not very good at.
“I’ll miss the interaction with the people of the community and the employees here,” he said. “It’s a great community and a great Police Department.”
At age 55 and with 32 years of service, Pattullo has maxed out his pension eligibility. He will earn a pension based on 80 percent of three years of his salary, depending on what pension option he takes. His most recent salary, he said, was around $154,000.