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Rochester will soon be in search of a police chief. Paul H. Magee, who has served as the chief for nearly 14 years, recently notified the Board of Selectmen that he plans to retire effective next Sept. 14. Magee, 50, said his decision follows a longstanding promise he made to himself to retire at a relatively young age to allow himself time to enjoy other pursuits. “I’ll probably find a career that’s a little less stressful and a little less demanding of my time and my family and just try to slow down a bit,” said the Mattapoisett resident. “I’ve had the retirement date in mind for a number of years. It’s kind of a long-term plan. It finally seems time.” Beginning his career as a summer police officer in Wareham in 1987, Magee was appointed a part-time officer in Marion that fall and the following year was hired as a full-time officer in Mattapoisett. Promoted to sergeant in 1994, he remained with the Mattapoisett department until he began his tenure as Rochester’s chief in 2003. Magee said he decided to give the town a year’s notice of his departure to allow ample time for selectmen to choose his successor and to help ensure a smooth transition.

John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com.
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