BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--Bangor Chief of Police Ron Gastia has been working for the Bangor Police Department since 1982, and Chief of Police since 2007 and this will be his final summer as police chief. Gastia has announced that he will retire sometime this fall.
Gastia starting working in public safety when he was 19 years old as a firefighter and EMT in Old Town, he did that for five years, then in 1982 he made the move to the Bangor Police Department.
"I still wanted to be in public safety, didn't want to get out of public safety. So I decided to give this a try, and low and behold eventually Don Winslow one of the people that I followed here became the Chief of Police and I ended up following in his footsteps," Gastia said.
Gastia began his career as a patrol officer for the Bangor Police Department. He said he had aspirations of moving up the ladder, and he did. Gastia was promoted to sergeant in 1995, lieutenant in 2001 and chief in 2007.
Gastia has not set a specific day for retirement but says it will be sometime in late September early October.