Pepper Pike Police Chief Joe Mariola will retire, effective April 30, Mayor Richard Bain announced April 1.

A 32-year veteran of the department, Mariola has been chief since May 2016.

“Joe Mariola has been a wonderful chief of police,” Bain said in a news release. “A fine commander, leading by example, he is respected throughout the region and epitomizes the meaning of a truly dedicated public servant. In a time where police work has come under scrutiny, Joe Mariola exhibits the qualities to which all police should aspire; professional expertise, a guardian of the safety of his community, humble and caring service. We will miss him tremendously here at city hall and throughout the city.”

The search for a new chief will focus on identifying an appropriate candidate from within the department, Bain said.

“Experience and familiarity with the community and department as a Pepper Pike police officer is a significant quality from which the city seeks to benefit,” Bain said. “All ranked officers have been invited to participate in this process.”

Bain said a successor will be named before April 30.

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