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City Council honors retired police chief

  • Former Police Chief Dawn Tondini, left, is congratulated on Monday by Mayor Mike Absher. Tondini retired in April and was given a plaque in honor of her 26 years of service.

    Former Police Chief Dawn Tondini, left, is congratulated on Monday by Mayor Mike Absher. Tondini retired in April and was given a plaque in honor of her 26 years of service.
    Curtis Winston photo

 
BY CURTIS WINSTON
Contributing Writer
Posted on 7/10/2019, 1:01 PM

MARION -- Former Police Chief Dawn Tondini took a break from her retirement to turn up to Monday night's City Council meeting.

She was congratulated for her more than 26 years of service to the city and given a plaque by Mayor Mike Absher. The plaque was actually signed by former Mayor Anthony Rinella, and former Public Safety Commissioner Jim Webb.

"It was an honor working for the City of Marion," Tondini told the council, and she recalled starting out as an auxiliary police officer and working her way all the up to police chief.

"Any little kids or females out there who want to be a police officer, go ahead and chase that dream," Tondini said. She also urged the public to "keep our officers in their prayers, because as you see on the news it is a dangerous profession."