Rome, NY (WIBX) - The City of Rome Police Department is mourning the passing of a former Chief, retired Police Chief Joseph Grande.

Chief Grande joined the Rome Police Department in 1948. Throughout his career, Grande received promotions to the rank of detective and then in 1974, to chief. Grande served as chief until his retirement in 1987.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, November 19th. at 12:45 pm from the Barry Funeral Home, 807 West Chestnut Street in Rome and St. Paul's Church at 1:30 pm.  Grande was 87 years of age.