Village Police Chief Robert Halm Jr., whose last day in uniform is Friday, is proud of the good relationship his department has with the community.
PAINTED POST | Village Police Chief Robert Halm Jr., whose last day in uniform is Friday, is proud of the good relationship his department has with the community.
“I just want to thank all of the village residents and business owners for making this the most enjoyable place I’ve ever worked,” Halm said. “I feel while I was here I’ve brought the training standards up and brought a little more accountability to the department.”
Halm began his career in 1987 as a patrolman for the Addison Village Police Department. In 1990, he joined the Painted Post Department, where he served as a patrolman until he was appointed chief in 2007.
“It was a good ride,” he said. “You know, I have no complaints. I really don’t. I accomplished most of what I wanted to accomplish in the village.”
Village Patrolman Tod Kimmy considers working for Halm an honor.
“He’s the best boss a guy could ever want,” Kimmy said. “He really is.”
Halm is leaving with few regrets, but there is one: The ongoing cuts to his staff because of village budget woes.
“I don’t know if I could have done anything differently, but (the department) has taken a beating,” he said.
Halm’s retirement, officially Aug. 23, will leave the department with Kimmy as its only full-time officer and five part-time officers.
Four years ago the department had a chief, three full-time officers, a school resource officer and five part-time officers.
“It was a different time,” Halm said. “That’s for sure.”
During that time, Halm fought to save his entire department when officials considered dissolving the village and joining the Town of Erwin. Residents not wanting to lose their police department were key to the proposal’s narrow defeat at the polls in January 2013.
“For that I’m forever grateful to the people,” he added. “It makes you feel a little warm inside, when they go the extra mile like that.”
The Village Board currently is working on filling the vacant position, Halm said. He said he will not be involved in finding his replacement.