Sands Point Chief of Police John M. Montalto announced his retirement effective July 11 after 34 years of service to the residents of Sands Point. During his tenure as chief, the crime statistics in Sands Point have been some of the lowest in Nassau County. Montalto credits the diligent work of the members of the Sands Point Police Department for that achievement. Montalto was succeeded by Lieutenant Owen V. Kirby who was appointed by Sands Point Mayor Leonard Wurzel.
Montalto left his job as a pattern maker at Grumman Aircraft and joined the department in 1968. He received his basic training at the Nassau County Police Academy. He advanced through the ranks using a combination of college and post graduate level education blended with his pursuit of the advanced technical skills so necessary in contemporary law enforcement. As a lieutenant, he pioneered the implementation of computerized police record keeping. In 1989, he coordinated the selection, training and issuance of new sidearms when the Sands Point police made the transition from traditional revolvers to the more efficient modern 9mm semi-automatic Smith and Wesson pistols. In February 1995, he was appointed the eighth chief in the history of the Sands Point PD.
Montalto's background and training proved extremely useful when two Oriental youths were murdered and dumped in the woods off of Astors Lane in the Point. The subsequent joint investigation with detectives from the Nassau County Police Department resulted in the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. His advanced educational pursuits include a bachelor of science degree from Adelphi University and a master of science from Long Island University where he taught as an adjunct professor at the C.W Post campus.
Montalto has earned a well-deserved retirement and relocated to northern Florida with Nancy, his high school sweetheart and wife of 37 years. There, the former Hicksville and Seaford resident looks forward to spending time with his three children and three grandchildren. While today, he measures his retirement in days and weeks he senses he will continue to look back fondly as the leader and member of the Sands Point PD and recall many residents and friends he has had the pleasure to meet over the years.