Tonawanda News — A former Tonawanda City Police Department chief died over the weekend.
Mark R. Winters, 60, was a members of the force for 26 years, and held every position there before retiring in 2003, according to current members of the department who worked with him.
Winters became one of the city's first civilian dispatchers before joining the department in 1976. He was promoted to detective in 1985, became a lieutenant in 1988, and captain in 1989. He served as chief from 1997 to 2003.
He was known for his technological savvy, establishing an in-house system for the department in the late-1980s that allowed patrol officers to run license plate numbers during traffic stops. He also served as president of the local chapter of the Police Benevolent Association for several years.
Upon retirement, Winters worked for the Erie County Central Police Services.