Chief Bowers says goodbye to Warren Police Department

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After spending his entire career on the Warren Police Department, the city’s top cop is packing it in.

Chief Tim Bowers is retiring after nearly 40 years on the force. Bowers was busy filling boxes and cleaning out his office Monday.

Bowers says at 57 he is not ready to retire just yet, but he must because of the terms and conditions of his deferred retirement option plan.

Bowers, who took over after former controversial Chief John Mandopolous was forced to retire, said he is most proud of the men and women of the Warren Police Department who serve the city.

“I hopefully put them back on track. They needed reminded that they are public servants,” said Bowers. “We work for the citizenry that we enforce citizen’s laws and provide service to them.”

Bowers said he is also proud of breaking down the barrier between  Warren police and other police departments. He would like to see the city hire more police officers to protect the streets.

Capt. Eric Merkel will be sworn in Tuesday as Warren’s next chief during a ceremony at Warren City Hall.

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