Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower, who has been with the department for 27 years, will be leaving his post Sunday, Dec. 27.

Tower, a veteran police officer who served communities for 35 years, said helping families in crisis, and watching troubled youth grow up to later become police officers themselves has made the job worthwhile.

Tower grew up in Milford, Mass. and began his career in law enforcement in the bay state before relocating to Maine after vacationing in the area.

Although he is retiring from one position, Tower already has another job lined up. "I'm retiring Sunday and start my new job Monday," he said.

Tower declined to say what his new job is.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@villagesoup.com