Aradi to Retire as Largo Chief; Carroll Appointed
By Leo Coughlin
LARGO - Chief Lester Aradi will retire from the Police Department effective June 1, City Manager Norton Craig announced Wednesday afternoon.
Craig also announced that John Carroll, who has been deputy chief since 2002, will become the Largo police chief.
Aradi, 58, became Largo's police chief February 20, 2001. He came from Buffalo Grove, Il., to take over a department that had been plagued with problems for years under a series of chiefs.
He soon brought the situation under control and during his nine-plus years tenure the department has been problem free and efficient, earning high praise from law enforcement officials throughout the state.
Aradi actually resigned in a letter to the people of Largo. Here is the full text of that letter
To: The People of the City of LargoAradi said he had no firm plans for retirement, but said that he and his wife, Diane, had talked of "packing up and going to the Smokey Mountains."
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