ORONO, Maine — The town’s police chief tendered his resignation on Monday, citing a desire to pursue other opportunities, Town Manager Sophie Wilson has confirmed.

Despite his resignation, Police Chief Gary Duquette will be classified as an active town employee through Oct. 26 because of his accrued time and other benefits, Wilson said.

“He has graciously offered to assist us through the transition to a new chief,” Wilson said.

Wilson said that Duquette, 55, had been employed by the Orono Police Department since 1993 and that he has been police chief for the last eight years. His salary and benefits at the time of his resignation amounted to $73,569, according to town office staff.

In his letter of resignation, Duquette said he was grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the community as member of its police department, in particular as its chief.

“I will depart knowing that I have managed a skilled and respected law enforcement organization; accordingly, I believe the Orono Police Department is positioned for continued success in providing public safety services to the town of Orono,” he wrote.

Duquette could not be reached for comment on Tuesday afternoon.