SHIRLEY -- Police Chief J. Gregory Massak has notified the selectmen he will retire in June, Town Administrator Patrice Garvin said during her report to the board Monday night.

There are plans in the works to form a search committee to fill the position.

With his contract up for re-negotiation this year, Massak, a Lunenburg resident, instead decided to wrap up his long tenure with the Shirley Police Department after 30 years in town.

His last day on the job will be June 30, Massak said in his letter to selectmen.

According to Massak's secretary, Ann Whiting, who celebrates her 27th anniversary with the department this week, Massak was hired on July 1, 1985. He rose to the rank of sergeant, then lieutenant, a rank he achieved in August 2003.

He became acting chief in 2009 when former Police Chief Paul Thibodeau retired after 22 years.

When selectmen appointed him full-time police chief in July 2010, Massak continued to wear two hats, doubling as a patrol officer. Since then, however, his rotating shift schedule segued to full-time days, in keeping with business hours.

-- M.E. Jones