The gig was over at around 2:50 p.m. – completely sunny, hot and humid by 4:30 p.m.
But the real show began shortly after 6 p.m. on Facebook, of all places, when Orange Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo balanced his cell phone on his kitchen table and with his wife nearby made a big announcement.
Cuozzo said he submitted his retirement papers to the department on Monday and would be leaving on Sept. 8.
Always full of surprises, Tony is not moving on to another police department or taking a job as the head of the FBI, rather, he is becoming a big part of his home away from home, Chip’s Family Restaurant.
Yes, you read that right. Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo is retiring from the Orange PD after 27.5 years to become the COO of Chip’s six current locations and its new franchise “The Simple Greek.”
The Cuozzos’ just became empty nesters with their youngest arriving at college this week another daughter moving to California with her fiance, and their son finishing up his college career this year.
Cuozzo is the 3rd most senior member of the department behind Chief Robert Gagne and Lieutenant Andrew Steinbrick.
He was sworn in as Asst. Chief on Sept. 12, 2012.