Shamokin PA

Officer retiring after 20 years

MARK GILGER/STAFF PHOTO Shamokin Patrolman Mark Costa, who will officially retire Monday after 20 years of service, was presented a service award Tuesday by Shamokin Mayor John Brown, left. Also participating in the presentation was Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III, who has worked with Costa for 17 years.

SHAMOKIN — Mark Costa, who has served as a patrolman with the Shamokin Police Department for 20 years, will officially retire Monday.

The 46-year-old officer,  whose last day of work was Tuesday, was presented a service award by Shamokin Mayor John Brown for his dedicated service to the department.

During an interview Tuesday afternoon at the police station, Costa said, “Being a police officer has been a fulfilling and challenging career. It was a privilege to work for the City of Shamokin and its residents.”

Costa graduated in 1990 from Shamokin Area High School. He earned a degree in sociology and criminal justice from Bloomsburg University in 1995 and graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College Police Academy in 1998.

Brown, a former city police chief, stated, “I worked with Mark for 14 years. He was a friend and partner, and a dedicated officer. I wish him well in the future.”

Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III added, “I’ve worked with Mark for 17 years. He’s a good friend and a good cop. I wish him the best of luck in in his future endeavors.”

The City of Shamokin was able to obtain a $240,000 federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant that covers a three-year period through the efforts of Tobias, who applied for the grant. Shamokin was one of only four municipalities in the state to be awarded the grant in 2017.

The grant will pay for an officer to replace Costa. Brown said Shamokin City Council plans to hire a patrolman by next month’s meeting.

With Costa’s retirement, the force will have nine officers, including Tobias.