Milan, May 26, 2023 – Big farewell party at the Local Police Headquarters in Piazza Beccaria for Jose Mirarchi, Chief Administrative Commissioner and Zone 1 Permit Office, who is retiring after 40 years of service. Great emotion among the colleagues who expressed very emotional words towards Mirarchi, known to all as Pino. “With Pino, a piece of zone 1 history leaves. I have always appreciated in him the ability to speak with great sympathy and dialectic, and know how to relate to everyone, without distinction from the humblest to the most powerful, without any difference. I will miss the ‘big Sioux chief’, as I called him”, says his colleague Maria Teresa Macrì. And Francesco Campanelli, who worked alongside him for years, adds: “In my working life I have met many colleagues. Only one brother, Pino”. Emotional words also from Domenico Dell’Accio, who will take the place of Mirarchi: “It will be difficult to imagine the Local Police of Milan without our Pino. I will miss his jokes, our drinking together and his songs.
Great satisfaction for Mirarchi, who was considered a friend more than a boss by all his colleagues and will leave an indelible mark on the Piazza Beccaria Command. “I have been here since 1984 and after forty years in which I have lived through all the changes in the center of Milan I can say that I am the historical memory of zone 1. In these years of work I have always tried to help everyone, colleagues and users, even though the problems were not my responsibility. Because I like solving problems, it gives me gratification. I have had so many responsibilities and now I would like to go back to being a bit of a teenager, but with the experience of an adult,” says the commissioner.
What are you going to do now?
“First of all I would like to make a trip alone, between Basilicata and Abruzzo, in contact with nature, between sea water, lakes and forests. No cities or archaeological sites, just nature. Then I will dedicate myself to my wife, my children and my great passions such as music and writing, I love playing the guitar and I have composed about eighty songs that I share with my friends, in fact ironically I define myself as the most unknown singer-songwriter in the world. 1,500 poems and 22 stories for children and now I would also like to write a book to tell details of Milan that I discovered thanks to my work and that not everyone knows”.
An episode of your work that you will not forget?
“When they called me about the presence of chickens in via della Spiga. They belonged to a lady who lived there and kept them free in the backyard.”
What will remain at the heart of these 40 years?
“A great satisfaction, to have always had the trust and autonomy, both administrative and political, of all my superiors. And also the human relationships with my colleagues, who are like a second family to me. Obviously the bond with them is not going to be broken and we will also continue playing our weekly football matches”.
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