Outgoing Liberty chief’s openness deserves praise

Longtime Liberty police Chief Richard Tisone is about to retire after serving well the residents of his township for 32 years, including 10 years as police chief.

Tisone has worked hard to manage his department and has operated with transparency and quick response when called upon by the media at any time of the day or night. That goes a long way in keeping the residents of his community abreast of issues as they arise. Unfortunately, that is not always the case when a crime occurs, and the media calls seeking comment with great urgency. Tisone seemed to understand that releasing information through the media in a timely manner was the best way to keep the public informed and sometimes to even seek help from the public.

Tisone will retire Aug. 19. Until a permanent chief is named, residents will be served by an interim chief beginning Aug. 20. It will be longtime Liberty officer, Capt. Toby Meloro.

While Tisone’s permanent successor has not yet been named, we can only hope that ultimately that new Liberty Township police chief, and Meloro in the interim, will operate with the same openness to the media as Tisone has.

We wish to congratulate Tisone on his retirement and wish him good luck and health in the future.