TYRINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — The Berkshire County town of Tyringham has its first new police chief in more than three decades.

Patrick Holian takes over from Peter Curtin, who's retiring at age 77 after more than 30 years on the job, which started as a part-time position.

The 47-year-old Holian is no stranger to the town. He joined the department as a part-timer in 1999 and went full-time after graduating from basic police recruit academy in 2006. He was named chief by the select board back in November.

Holian oversees a department of three part-time officers for town of about 325 residents.

He tells The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1hEnmD0 ) he will be accessible to townspeople while he and his officers provide plenty of traffic control.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com