After 32 years in law enforcement, Parsippany Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo says he's stepping down from his position as of March 1.
"It's true," he told Patch, confirming rumors that have been swirling around Town Hall for the past week. "I turned in my papers last Friday."
There have been rumors that the chief will move on to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. DeZenzo said that as of now, that is not true.
"I have no job offer at this time," he said, adding that he will take some time off to relax, spend time with family and evaluate his options.
There is no word yet as to who will replace the outgoing chief, though Deputy Chief Paul Philipps, now second in command, would appear to be next in line. It is possible, however, that Mayor James Barberio could choose to bypass Philipps in favor of one of the four police captains.
DeZenzo offered high praise for the officers serving under his leadership since he became Parsippany's sixth police chief after former Chief Michael Peckerman retired in September 2011.
"I have really enjoyed the people who work here, the rank and file," he said.
He said he'll have more to say on the matter in the future, but for the present, he acknowledged his appreciation for his year-plus stint as Parsippany's top cop.
"It's been a great run," he said.