After 30 years on the job, Somerville Deputy Police Chief Paul Upton, the longtime spokesman for the department, is retiring.
Upton, who has overseen a wide range of duties in the police department, from detectives to family services, homeland security and animal control, spent his last day on the job Monday.
But Upton, who just reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 years old, said he’d back at the Somerville Police Department Tuesday to help with the transition for Deputy Police Chief Michael Cabral, who is taking over his duties.
If Upton could stay on the job, he said he would.
“I would have definitely stayed,” he said. “That wouldn’t have even been a thought. I enjoy what I was doing. I enjoy who I was working with.”
Upton climbed the ranks of the department and in addition to serving as deputy chief, he had also been the department’s public information officer for the past eight years. He said he thinks he had a great relationship with the media and he never lied to the press, though he didn't always tell them everything they wanted to know.
In the past week, Upton said he’s been contacted by law enforcement officials throughout the region wishing him well in retirement.
But Upton, who now lives in Medford, doesn't plan on taking it easy. He said his first order of business will be to "go find an honest job."