ADAMS -- One of the town's senior-most police sergeants has retired and a three-year reserve officer has taken his place.
David Clark joined the Adams Police Department in 1976 and made sergeant in 1989.
During his tenure, Clark was a D.A.R.E. officer, part of the School Crisis Management Team and involved in domestic-abuse prevention at the Elizabeth Freeman Center in North Adams.
"For 37 years, it was an honor and a privilege to serve with the Adams Police Department," Clark said Thursday.
Commenting on how much change he's seen in his time with APD, Clark recalled:
"When I started there were three telephones [in the station]," he said. "One was white, one was blue, one was red: ambulance, police, fire. And we had two manual typewriters."
He continued, "I can't even count the number of work stations and laptops we have now. Technology took over and fortunately Adams Police Department was able to keep up with it."
Clark said he looks forward to retirement. He has plans of traveling to the Midwest to visit family and ride his motorcycle through states like Colorado, Utah and Nevada with his wife.
Travis Cunningham, formerly a reserve officer, has been promoted to full time in Clark's stead.
Town Administrator Jonathan Butler called Cunningham "a great hire," at Wednesday's Selectmen's meeting, but not before sharing a few kind words about Clark.
"David [will be] a great loss to the
In other business at Wednesday's meeting, Butler eyed needed town hall roof repairs.
"We're very much in need of a new roof on the building," Butler said. "We have had some leaks along the way that we've been able to patch, nothing yet that's led to damage."
However, he and others want the central roof's 40-year-old shingles replaced before a repair becomes more costly.
Butler plans to have an architect take a look, estimate the cost and potentially add the item to this year's annual town meeting agenda for a vote.
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