YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown Police Chief Daniel McMahon finished his final day in uniform Friday, June 10, though he will not officially retire from the department until the end of August.

McMahon, who has been with the Yorktown Police Department for 24 years, will take a vacation, beginning June 11 and ending Aug. 29, according to a Town Board resolution approved earlier this week. The Town Board also named Lt. Robert Noble temporary chief of the department in McMahon's absence.

McMahon, who was promoted to chief of police on April 5, 2005, spent his final day speaking to George Washington Elementary School students at a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony. Prior to his promotion, he served as the department's lieutenant–operations officer, lieutenant–patrol division commander, and lieutenant–staff division commander.

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He began his law enforcement career in 1973 with the Port Authority Police Department working at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. In 1981, he transferred to the Yorktown Police Department as a police officer and performed patrol duties. In 1986, McMahon was promoted to sergeant supervising patrol squads before becoming the staff sergeant in 1992.

McMahon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York, John Jay College, and an Associate’s Degree in Police Science from the State University of New York at Farmingdale.

While Noble has been named chief of police for the next three months, a full-time replacement has not been announced at this time.

"It was an honor and privilege to work under Chief McMahon's command," Noble told Yorktown News. "He always looked out for the men and women who worked for him, as well as the community that he took an oath to serve and protect. I've seen first-hand how the position of police chief can be thankless at times and Chief McMahon always carried himself with dignity and class."

Noble began his law enforcement career in 1993 as a patrolman in the White Plains Police Department. He was later hired by the Yorktown Police Department in 1994 and worked as an officer in the patrol division until his promotion to sergeant in 2001. He was promoted to lieutenant in April 2005.