Ar­santo re­tires as chief of the Buck­ley Po­lice Depart­ment

The News Tribune - - Local - BY NATHAN HYUN nathanael.hyun @the­new­stri­bune.com

Af­ter more than 30 years of ser­vice to the city of Buck­ley, Po­lice Chief James Ar­santo re­tired June 30.

Ac­cord­ing to a Face­book post by Buck­ley Mayor Pat John­son, Ar­santo be­gan serv­ing Buck­ley and Wilke­son in 1988 as a re­serve po­lice of­fi­cer. Soon there­after, he was hired full time by the Buck­ley Po­lice Depart­ment.

Ar­santo was de­scribed as a warm-hearted of­fi­cer who treated ev­ery­one with re­spect.

“He took com­mu­nity polic­ing to the next level,” said John­son. “We’re a small enough town that most of the po­lice of­fi­cers you know by their first names. Ar­santo would stop and play bas­ket­ball with the kids for a few min­utes and watch them at the skate park.”

John­son said that Ar­santo treated his depart­ment like fam­ily. Even when he had ar­gu­ments with his staff, he was al­ways good at ex­plain­ing why they had to do some­thing in a par­tic­u­lar way.

Ac­cord­ing to Mike Northam, Buck­ley as­sis­tant po­lice chief, Ar­santo would en­cour­age his staff to visit the se­nior cen­ter and get to know the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“He was just a kind­hearted, gen­er­ous man,” Northam said.

The News Tri­bune made ef­forts to reach Ar­santo but was un­suc­cess­ful.

Ar­santo re­ceived a num­ber of awards rec­og­niz­ing his ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Be­fore he was ap­pointed chief, he re­ceived awards for Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year and the Po­lice Depart­ment Lead­er­ship Award in 1992 to 1994.

Ar­santo was pro­moted to sergeant in 1997 and lieu­tenant in June 2002, then to act­ing chief in De­cem­ber of the same year.

In Fe­bru­ary 2003, Ar­santo was pro­moted to Chief of Po­lice, a po­si­tion he held for 17 years and four months.

Ar­santo also was the po­lice rep­re­sen­ta­tive for nearby Car­bonado and Wilke­son.

Since Car­bonado and Wilke­son are not large enough to have their own po­lice depart­ment, they use Buck­ley’s po­lice depart­ment since it is the clos­est avail­able.

John­son’s hope is to have a new po­lice chief hired by Septem­ber.

An in­terim chief will be tak­ing over for the time be­ing.

“Jimmy’s jour­ney has been a re­mark­able one, and he will leave a tremen­dous legacy in our com­mu­nity,” said John­son in her Face­book post. “On be­half of the City, we want to wish Chief Ar­santo an amazing and re­lax­ing re­tire­ment and sin­cerely thank him for his ser­vice to the City of Buck­ley and al­ways putting our com­mu­nity and its safety first.”

CITY OF BUCK­LEY Cour­tesy

James Ar­santo re­cently re­tired as po­lice chief for the city of Buck­ley.

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