By Jolene Almendarez
The Ithaca Voice
ITHACA – Ithaca Police Chief John Barber is hanging up his holster for good in March 2017 after nearly 30 years in law enforcement and three years as police chief.
“Almost three decades of public service – It’s been a lot of fun, but I’ve reached a plateau in my career and I’m comfortable walking away from a police department that is an excellent agency,” Barber said. “It’s serving this community very well and I’m proud of it. Why not leave on a high note?”
Barber began his career as a New York State Corrections Officer in 1989, working at three state prisons over the course of about five years. He was hired at IPD in 1994 by former Chief Harlin McEwen, and went on to be appointed the SWAT commander in 2000, acting deputy chief in 2006, deputy chief in 2007 and acting police chief in 2012. He was officially appointed chief of police in 2013.
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