Owego Police Chief Karen Vinti says she will be retiring from the department.

Vinti has given notice of her plans to step down as chief in a letter to Mayor Steve May and the village board of trustees.

Vinti has served as Owego police chief for the past five years. She's been with the village police department for 27 years.

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Her decision to retire comes as village officials are considering reducing the size of the police department and making the chief's position a part-time job.

Vinti did not mention the proposed changes in her letter. In the notice, she said her retirement will be effective on June 19.

In recent years, Owego officials have discussed making more cuts in the police force or eliminating the department altogether.

According to the department's most recent activity report, village police received 123 calls for service and made 11 arrests during the week of April 9.

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