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Mansfield, Ohio, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone will leave his post Friday and begin his new job in Los Alamos Nov. 12.
“I’m very proud and honored to have been part of this organization and for the opportunity that a career in law enforcement has afforded me,” Sgambellone told the Mansfield News Journal.
He began his work in Mansfield in March 1991 and eventually became chief in November 2010.
Sgambellone credited his staff, according to the Mansfield newspaper.
“We found some considerable fiscal challenges during my tenure as chief, yet the quality of service that we have provided to the citizens has remained at a high level,” he said. “While my perspective has changed quite a bit since I started, what I have always valued is the people that I have worked with and the opportunity to serve this community.
“For me, it’s less about the work that they do, which is exceptional, and more about the people that they are.”
Sgambellone told the newspaper that the West appealed to him and his family.
“We have vacationed out West several times,” Sgambellone said. “I was stationed there in the service (in the Air Force) in the late ’80s. I always liked it out West.
“When the opportunity came up, I applied. Throughout the process, I came to know the police department, the administration and was able to meet several people in the community.”
During a second trip, according to the newspaper, Sgambellone took his family — wife Robyn, son Nick and daughter Emily.
“We realized it was an exceptional opportunity, both personally and professionally,” he said. “The town itself is quite different from what we’re used to here.
“That type of exposure to new things will be good for us.”