Ed Garone took on the Derry Chief of Police job in May 1972, 42 years ago, and on Wednesday, Oct. 15, marked his 50th year in law enforcement.
His wife, Blanche Garone, brought a decorated cake to the police station, and his family was present as well as some Derry officers to help recognize his years of service in a low-key celebration.
Derry Police Captain George Feole said that to the best of his knowledge, Garone, 71, is the longest serving chief in the country. He handed out a copy of a news article that said a Groveland chief, T.R. Merrill, had been the longest serving chief in the country in 2012, serving there from 1969. The article states that in 2008 the Peace Officers Association named him the longest serving chief in the nation.