After 43 years of law enforcement Price City PoliceВ ChiefВ Aleck Shilaos officially announced his retirement effective May 31. Shilaos did so at Wednesday’s Price City Council meeting.
Price City Mayor Joe Piccolo was quick to thank Shilaos for his years of service.
“I would like to personally express myВ gratitudeВ for keeping our city safe,” he said. “I’mВ gratefulВ for your years of service and its been not only a pleasure but an honor to work with you. I hope your future endeavors turn out asВ successfulВ as your endeavors have in the past.”
Shilaos said he has been pondering the decision for quite some time.
“I made up my mind about a month ago, but its been on my mind for a few years now.” he said. “It’s been an honor to serve in the community and I hope I’ve done a good job. It’s been a lot of fun and it was a good experience. It’s been great”
Since he was appointed police chief in 1987, Shilaos has personally witnessed major changes in the department and in police work in general.
“From where the department was when I first started I think we’re keeping right up with the times, particularly in technology which has really changed our profession as most other professions,” he said. “From computers in cars to the radar units, they’re just remarkable the things they can do, and the forensics is just amazing. Especially for someone like me who saw things the old way.”
Shilaos is excited about the department’s future without him and said that it would “get along just fine without me.”
“I think the police department is in good hands. We cross train everybody. We have a good staff and they all seem veryВ conscientious, dedicated and professional. I think we’re in pretty good shape.”
Shilaos began working for Price City in 1982.