Chief Hall to announce retirement

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MANCHESTER — Police Chief Michael Hall is expected to announce his retirement Friday after 36 years with the department.

Hall, who just turned 62, became chief Nov. 1, 2011. His last day will be July 26.

"It's been a great ride," Hall said. "It's difficult for me because this has been my life. I've done this 24/7 for the better part of 37 years."

Hall joined the Manchester Police Department as a patrolman in March 1983. He was promoted to corporal a few years later and made sergeant in 1999. He moved up to lieutenant and became chief when interim chief Jim Baker stepped down.

Hall said he began his law enforcement career as a constable in Sunderland in 1979. After getting to know some of the local, county and state police officers, he decided to make it a career.

"I got job offers from Bennington and Manchester at the same time," Hall said.

But it was his connection to Manchester that helped him decide to accept the Manchester job.

Hall is a graduate of Burr and Burton Academy.

"I had more of a connection to Manchester than Bennington," Hall said.

Hall has been talking about retirement lately, but said his priority was making sure the department was solid before he announced his retirement.

"I wanted to get the department where it needed to be," Hall said, referring to personnel and leadership. "They're in a pretty good place. That was a priority for me."

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Hall said another thing that helped him decide was what he called, "The revelations of life."

Hall said the death of retired Sgt. Donald Frost

affected him. Frost worked for the Manchester Police Department from 1973 to 1999, and was a mentor to Hall when he was hired.

"We were a pretty tight group of guys," Hall said. "We were pretty good friends and good co-workers."

Then, Hall's stepfather died Monday.

"Time doesn't wait for anyone," Hall said. "The time is right for me."

He said the journey has been a good one.

"When I started I was the youngest in the department and now I'm the oldest," Hall said. "It doesn't get any better than that."

For now, he's looking forward to waking up and looking at the world through fresh eyes.

"It'll be fun to sit on the outside and look in," Hall said. "You get a little stale after you've been around long enough."

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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